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25 Years ago today Manchester United’s Eric Cantona king-fu kicked himself into legend

Je suis Eric… et Matthew…



Magna Carta, Nelson’s death at Trafalgar, the Battle of Waterloo, Victory in Europe, VJ Day… Some significant anniversaries fall this year, but the one that will always have a place in my heart occurred just 20 years ago, on 25 January 1995 at Selhurst Park Stadium, London SE27.

With one end of the ground knocked down for a new stand, there was a crowd of less than 19,000 packed in for the evening game between Crystal Palace and reigning champions Manchester United.

Things were predictably tight and tense when United’s hot-headed French maverick and borderline nut-case Eric Cantona lost patience with the close attention of Palace centre-back Richard Shaw and kicked out in frustration.

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Posted: 24th, January 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment

Gary Neville on Funny Foreigner Luis Suarez: Biting and spitting are so very un-British

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester United v Manchester City - Old Trafford

CAN is be argued that Liverpool’s Luis Saurez gets a worse press than a British born player would for the same or similar indiscretions? Yes, if you compare the treatment his dives have earned him compared to Gareth Bale’s slips. And yes, if you compare his cheating to Team GB’s Olympic efforts in the cycling. And yes, if you look at what happend when Jermain Defoe allegedly bit an opponent (who just happend to be an Argentinian).

So. To Gary Neville, the former Manchester United and England defender who now works a pundit on Sky Sports. Neville can be erudite and insightful. He can also attribute Suarez’s antics to his being a funny foreigner.

PS – Here’s a story about former Manchester United player, the Scot Paddy Crerand. In 1967, Manchester United’s Crerand was in a “spitting incident” with Stoke’s Tony Allen. It led to a change in the laws of the game which made spitting a sending off offence.

Photo: Manchester United’s Gary Neville celebrates after Michael Owen scored their winning goal, in front of the Manchester City fans during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Sunday, September 20, 2009.

Posted: 22nd, April 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)