Straight red card for Blomqvist

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer -

The Sun had an in­ter­view last week with for­mer Swedish in­ter­na­tional Jes­per Blomqvist, the mere men­tion of his name likely to re­sult in steam emit­ting from the ears of Roy Keane devo­tees.

Blomqvist was the fella whose ‘mis­placed’ pass led to Keane bring­ing down Zine­dine Zi­dane dur­ing the 1999 Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nal against Ju­ven­tus, the re­sult­ing book­ing rul­ing him out of the fi­nal.

“Of course he was an­gry be­cause it was a big game to miss,” said Blomqvist, “but I think it was a bit harsh to blame me for that yel­low card. I’ve looked at the video again and I think even he can have a laugh about it.” You’d have your doubts, to be hon­est, but if he’s brave enough to show Roy the video of the in­ci­dent again, hats off to him.

Way more un­for­giv­able, though, was the abom­i­na­tion Blomqvist made for the Sun when they vis­ited his pizze­ria in Swe­den, one he opened six months ago with two busi­ness part­ners. Yes, that’s a pizza smoth­ered in Nutella and straw­ber­ries (in­set, above). Give the lad a straight red card.

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