Anorak | Claudio Gentile, Maradona And Martin Keown’s Hypocritic Assault On Football’s ‘Dark Arts’

Claudio Gentile, Maradona And Martin Keown’s Hypocritic Assault On Football’s ‘Dark Arts’

by | 29th, October 2014


Argentina's Diego Maradona, is tackled by Italy's Claudio Gentile during the Soccer World Cup second round match, between Italy and Argentina, at the Sarra Stadium, Barcelona, June 29, 1982. Argentina defeated Italy 2 - 1. (AP Photo)


Rob Bagchi has noticed that  Hands Off In The Box , the  Daily Mail’s campaign to stop footballers using force in the penalty box, is a non-starter. You can read more about the Mail’s campaign to pressure referees here. And learn that it’s backed by the paragon of the clean tackle and noble virtues, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown.

Former Arsenal man Keown writes for the Mail . The paper says football reached a “new low” when Manchester United’s Smalling and Rojo defended a Chelsea corner by placing Terry and Ivanovic in headlocks.


Manchester United's Chris Smalling wrestles with Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in the penalty area during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.


Bagchi notes that Keown has forgotten himself. His man-marking skills earned him the nickname The Rash.

Paul Hayward reported in 2003:

Never mind Robbie Savage. Martin Keown is football’s champion irritant. Much cleverer, much harder to ignore. If he was a bodyguard, Arsenal’s 36-year-old defensive pest would gladly throw himself in the way of the bullet. With Roma’s Franceso Totti last night it was beauty against the beast. And the beast won.

Totti, Italy’s most gifted playmaker, could tolerate no more than 22 minutes of the man they call “The Rash”. After being bumped, bothered and bored by the last survivor of George Graham’s illustrious back four, Totti rose to flick on a long ball and took the opportunity to ram a hand into Keown’s face. Red face and red card. Ruud van Nistelrooy and Mark Viduka are among those who have developed feuds with Arsenal’s ancient No 5, and now Totti can collect his membership card.

Said Totti:

“For 10 minutes before that, Keown had been kicking me and I told the referee but he didn’t do anything about it.”

Says Bagchi:

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