THE 60-SECOND DOSSIER POT NOODLE
A slap on the wristband
In June 2009, four Iranian stars were banned from international football after wearing green wristbands during a World Cup qualifier against South Korea. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had strongly objected to the players showing support for his election rival Mir-Hossein Mousavi, leader of the reformist Green Path of Hope movement (pictured in the poster above). It was later revealed that the internationals, including ex-Bayern Munich midfielder Ali Karimi, had been ‘retired’ after their gesture in Seoul. “I’ll never regret what I did,” insisted Karimi.
Price hikes irk tykes
In July 2014, an astronomical hike in football pitch fees ($3,600 to $10,000) around Liverpool saw hundreds of young players, and their parents, gather at the Netherton Activity Centre in Sefton to vent their annoyance at the unfair rise. “Perhaps Premier [League] clubs could give some of the money they earn to grassroots football,” argued one irate youngster. He’ll be suggesting clubs cut ticket prices next next.
“Climate change? We’d better use paper ones…”
Unhappy Celaya players wore brown paper bags over their heads in a club photograph in March 2014, in protest at not having been paid for three months. Before their Second Division clash with CF Merida, an unnamed player for the Mexican Second Division side said: “As well as no wages, we’re also furious that we often have no running water or heating in our dressing room.” Amid a huge storm of national interest, the owners miraculously switched back on the utilities, and coughed up the cash within a fortnight.
Injustice hard for Reed to stomach
In 1929, Leeds’ George Reed went down with a seriously dodgy belly. It wasn’t the first time Reed had succumbed to a tummy bug and, convinced he’d been poisoned in the team’s canteen, he boycotted the club’s grub. Thinking Reed was being “elitist and unprofessional”, boss Dicky Ray threatened to drop him. It took Reed two months to end his half-arsed hunger strike, by which time he’d suffered a knee injury anyway. A versatile ‘cook’, he’s also a dab hand at Super Noodles.
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