10
Aug

Maradona slaps journalist for allegedly winking at his baby’s mother

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It’s been a while since we’ve peeked under the tent of the circus that is Diego Maradona’s life. This latest video of the Argentinian legend is a nice reminder: Don’t mess with Maradona.

The video begins with Maradona (with his son, Diego Fernando, in his arms and Diego Fernando’s mother, Veronica Ojeda in the passenger seat) already fired up.

A throng of reporters stopped the Maradona clan as they reportedly left a theater, and the elder Diego was none too pleased. Clearly upset with the media, a defiant Maradona claims, “I am 53 years old and I’m not the “Dieguito,” I’m 53 years old and my name is Diego Armando Maradona!" before rolling up his window.

The video then cuts to a wider shot, showing Maradona exit the car, confront a reporter and slap the man, allegedly for winking at Ojeda.

Maradona asks the man, “Why mess with my wife if I do not mess with you?” before slapping him across the face.

No doubt, a mature reaction for the impressionable Diego Fernando to witness. We’re not saying the reporter didn’t need to be straightened out — if what’s alleged is true — but no matter what the real story, it looks like some growing up needs to happen.

(h/t Metro, Image: Getty)

29
Apr

"Angry Ribery" slaps Carvajal in face, karma strikes back

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In the days leading up to Tuesday’s Champions League semifinal loss to Real Madrid, Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola had asked his team’s best player, Franck Ribery, to play angry in order to be at his best.

You see, Ribery recently found himself in a month-long slump after dazzling for much of the season, and was completely shut down by Real defender Dani Carvajal in the first leg. But a bounce-back, man-of-the-match performance last weekend against Werder Bremen had Guardiola encouraged:

"He was playing angry against Bremen. Franck needs this aggression, he needs to play angry. He keeps fighting and that is why fans love him."

Play angry, huh? Well, this is probably not what Guardiola had in mind:

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Ribery was lucky not to be sent off for the slap on Carvajal, who shackled him for a second time. But based on the final result, a 4-0 drubbing at home and Bayern’s elimination from the Champions League, the Frenchman will still have plenty to be angry about… with himself.

19
Apr

Blackpool coach sent to stands after hitting his own player

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In a matter of just three years, Blackpool have gone from a Premier League side to possibly dropping to England’s third division. And after just two wins in their last 25 Championship games, tempers are beginning to boil over at the crisis-stricken club.

During the opening minutes of Friday’s game against Burnley, angry fans tossed dozens on dozens of tennis balls onto the pitch in protest, temporarily delaying the match. Signs asking for the removal of club chairman Owen Oysten littered the stands. And to top it all off, assistant coach Bob Malcolm was sent to the stands in the second half after smacking one of his own players.

Malcolm appeared to take offense at something substitute Steven Dobbie said, and in response struck the forward before promptly receiving his marching orders from the officials.

Check out the slap:

Things are quickly going from bad to worse for Blackpool, who after the 1-0 loss to Burnley now find themselves in the relegation zone with three matches to play.

Image provided by Reuters.

10
Apr

Crawley Town defender in hot water after slapping fan

The Number 1 rule professional athletes must follow is about as simple as it gets, yet we see it broken way too many times:

Don’t. Hit. The fans.

Alas, the latest incident of an athlete getting into it with a fan comes courtesy of Crawley Town defender Paul Connolly. During a League One (Third Division) match at Brentford, the visitors looked to quickly re-start play with a throw-in when a home supporter chucked the ball rather forcefully at Connolly. The defender immediately lost his cool, visibly reaching into the stands to give him a slap in the face.

Though the referee took no action against Connolly at the time, we would be surprised if he doesn’t get a call from the Football Association. For his part, the culprit took to Twitter afterwards and tried to brush the whole thing off as much ado about nothing:

Yeah, not so sure the FA will look at it that way.

24
Aug

Hoffenheim’s Salihovic converts PK, promptly gets sent off for slapping opponent

Hoffenheim’s wild affair against SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday produced a total of six goals as well as not one, not two, but three red cards.

The most bizarre sending off was undoubtedly drawn by Hoffenheim’s Sejad Salihovic. After converting a penalty kick in only the 9th minute, Salihovic and teammates celebrated right at the Freiburg goal, drawing the ire of SC goalkeeper Oliver Baumann and captain Julian Schuster. Salihovic then incredulously decided to slap Schuster in the face, for which the referee instantly went to his back pocket.

Hmm. Score a PK and get sent off right away, with barely ten minutes played. Interesting strategy, Cotton.

Here is the slap again in slow motion, because everything is better in slow motion:

Salihovic’s brain fart set the tone for a wild Saturday in the German league. A total of seven players were sent off in six matches, with Schalke’s match vs Hannover also supplying three red cards. Looks like a bunch of people woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

22
Aug

Iranian youth coach arrested after assaulting referee

A youth match in Iran turned ugly after a series of verbal altercations between one team’s coach and the referee led to some postgame fisticuffs.

After the referee dismissed the coach in question for repeatedly berating him during the game, the irate manager decided to walk over after the final whistle and give him a little more than just a piece of his mind.

Accepting the challenge, the referee was clearly ready to throw down. After being separated, he promptly started to strip off his jersey — a telltale sign that he’s probably not someone you mess with — eager to return the favor. Though the two hotheads were successfully isolated at first, the referee eventually got hold of his assailant down the tunnel for a little payback, as these images show:

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Pictures via 101GG

The coach was arrested after the dustup, but has since reportedly been released.

7
Aug

Slap sends opponent to the hospital, culprit apologizes

Emotions often boil over in sports, and even more so in games against rivals. But that should never be an excuse to send one of your opponents to the hospital — especially if he is your teammate on the national team.

But that’s what occurred in Ecuador’s version of “el Clasico” between  Barcelona and Emelec. After Barca lost the match, goalkeeper Maximo Banguero slapped Emelec captain Pedro Quinonez in the face, causing his national team colleague to convulse and nearly lose consciousness, according to Emelec officials.

Banguero, who walked away from the crime scene as if nothing transpired, quickly tried to save face with an apology after hearing Quinonez needed to stay a night in the hospital.

"I want to apologise sincerely to Pedro Quinonez, his family, the supporters, everyone," Banguera told a news conference late on Monday. "I was a bad loser. I am aware if there is a sanction, I will have to face it."

Barcelona and Emelec both stem from the country’s biggest and most populous city, Guayaquil, and have been at odds with one another for as long as we remember. Sadly, the slap attack is just one of the milder incidents that have marred the derby over the years. In 2006, Barcelona fans caused a massive riot in Emerec’s stadium, leading to 40 injuries and nine arrests. Just a year later, an 11-year-old Emelec fan lost his life after being hit by a flare.

28
Jul

Josep Guardiola slaps Thiago Alcantara during German Super Cup

Dortmund’s victory over Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup was undoubtedly a great game which will set the tone for the coming season. However, it looks like Pep Guardiola may have taken the game a little too seriously.

In a quick team talk, Guardiola appears to slap his newly-signed Barcelona recruit Thiago Alcantara across the face in front of the entire team.

The bitter loss ended Guardiola’s perfect run at Bayern after taking over from Jupp Heynckes, who led the Bavarian side to an unprecedented treble last season. The former Barca manager didn’t look happy with his team’s performance one bit and expressed displeasure after the match:

”I don’t have the feeling that they played much better than us. We played well, we did things right. We played against a strong team, who played the Champions League final. But I’m honored for my players. It’s a good lesson for us. After one month, I am very happy with our performance.”