The Fan Park crew takes a look at five bad excuses big soccer names have used to try and get out of trouble, or to avoid criticism.
Luis Suarez – “Ouch, my teeth!”
After his bite on Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup, the Uruguayan held is teeth in agony. Perhaps he thought the referee would give him a lesser punishment for his actions, but everybody had seen the clear footage of him biting into the shoulder of the defender.
Fabio Coentrao – Tries To Shift The Focus
The Portuguese full-back was dropped by Jose Mourinho for smoking a cigarette, when the former Chelsea boss was in charge at Los Blancos. The defender tried shifting the focus to the fact that was also accused for making a noise, when he said:
“I have always given everything for the clubs I have represented and it is not fair to put everything in doubt because of one isolated act. Besides, it was reported that I had made a lot of noise in my house on that night and that is a complete lie.”
Dimitar Berbatov – "I’m Pretending To Be Cool!"
Perhaps he was making a joke of the situation, but when the Bulgarian was spotted smoking while he was contracted at Fulham, the forward told reporters:
“No, sometimes when you see a picture I just pretend to smoke to make me more of a cool guy."
Maximo Banguera – Goalkeeper Pretends To Faint
This recent incident, is probably the funniest excuse you’ll read on this list. The Ecuadorian goalkeeper took a player out in a clear goal-scoring opportunity, and pretended to have collapsed! It took a while but he eventually got up again, ready to receive the red card he rightfully deserved.
Jose Mourinho – Blames The Ball Boys For El Clasico Loss
When he was at Real Madrid, the Portuguese manager’s side lost to Barcelona, and here is what he had to say about the loss.
“Real Madrid gave a spectacular performance from the first to the last minute. We came here to play. What I'm about to say is not a criticism, I'm just stating a fact: there were no ball-boys in the second-half, which is something typical of small teams when experiencing difficulties.”
Can you name any other bad excuses you’ve seen or heard footballers make?