28
Dec

Did Cardiff owner Vincent Tan boo his club after draw vs. Sunderland?

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Needless to say, Vincent Tan is not a popular figure in Cardiff, Wales at the moment.

Ever since the Malaysian self-made billionaire purchased a controlling share of the Welsh club in 2010, Tan has become a lighting-rod of controversy from the start; most-notably when he announced the club would be changing its club colors from blue to red, followed by his recent decision to relieve beloved manager Malky Mackay of his duties after a much-publicized ultimatum via email.

Fast forward to Saturday when Tan was caught by cameras appearing to boo his own players after Jack Colback scored a dramatic equalizer to help Sunderland draw Cardiff 2-2 in their Premier League clash. The Dragons’ owner gesture went viral on social media:

Tan’s latest act will surely not endear him to Cardiff CIty fans anytime soon. Earlier in the week, a group of 200 Cardiff supporters gathered outside Cardiff City Stadium before the Boxing Day 3-0 defeat against Southampton to protest against Tan.

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Images courtesy of Action Images / Thomson Reuters.

H/T 101GG and USA Today.

1
Oct

Steaua Bucharest owner makes Champions League prediction… from back of prison van

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(Photo: 101GreatGoals)

Usually when we see the owner of a football team, they’re sitting comfortably in an owner’s box or relaxing on the deck of a yacht somewhere in the Mediterranean. Gigi Becali, however, isn’t your typical owner.

Steaua Bucharest’s front man is serving a three-year prison sentence for illegal land-swap dealings. Ever the good owner, however, Becali was confident his side would emerge the victors in Tuesday’s Champions League tilt against Chelsea.

Seen here in the back of a police van flashing “2-0,” we can’t help but think the Romanian politician was being a bit brash. In reality, it was Chelsea who would hold that lead by halftime, before finishing Steaua off 4-0 after the full 90.

Perhaps he was predicting the scoreline in Chelsea’s favor?

(h/t 101GreatGoals)

16
Jan

Italian fourth division club Nuovo Campobasso were fined €10,000 for…wait for it… after club president Ferrucio Capone insulted a match referee over the stadium’s PA system.

According to reports from Sky Sports Italia, Capone stormed into the announcer’s room and blasted the referee following the sending off of one of his players.

Watch as the hilarity ensues while reaching its highest point during the 3:14 mark. Fortunately, the referee was given a police escort when he left the stadium following the match.