Football chief Sir Dave Richards falls fully clothed into hotel pool – thieving foreigners impressed
SIR Dave Richards, the chairman of the Premier League and a member of the FA board, shows the watching knobs and knobesses massed in Qatar for a football bun fight just what Brits get up to overseas. He tells the locals and Fifa vice-president, Prince Ali Bin Hussein of Jordan, that foreigners stole the English game. He tells them not to “bury your head in the sand” and sell booze at the 2022 World Cup finals because the English “like a pint” in the sun.
He then falls fully clothed into the hotel swimming pool.
The funny foreigners fail to follow the British lead, dive in and start an underwater conga. Sir Dave was, reportedly, pulled of the pool by Bolton Wanderers’ Chairman Phil Gartside, who tells BBC sport:
“They had switched off the lights. He thought he was stepping on to flat marble, but his foot went down into the water. He fell over and hurt his leg quite badly. Any suggestions he had a drink is nonsense. It’s a dry place.”