During Sunday’s famous victory over Manchester City, Cardiff City striker Craig Bellamy played a practical joke on referee Lee Probert, pouring water all over the man in black. Now, normally you would never see this kind of thing. It’s common knowledge that referees are the most humorless lot in the world, and any slight physical contact with them almost never goes unpunished.
However, Bellamy probably knew who he was dealing with. After all, this is the same man who proved that referees can, in fact, have a playful side. Last season, after inadvertently finding himself sandwiched between Fulham’s Steve Sidwell and Wigan’s Ben Watson, Probert jestingly showed Watson a red card while getting attended to on the pitch: