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Old 14-02-2005, 11:34 AM
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Today's footballers? They're 'total scum'

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Britain's footballers are 'total scum' and most of them would be in prison if they were not on the pitch, according to the former chairman of Tottenham Hotspur.

Sir Alan Sugar, still a major shareholder in the club, condemned players as dishonest and disloyal, and claimed they were only interested in themselves.

He said footballers would 'stab you in the back' given half a chance and warned they could never be relied upon. His outspoken remarks will strike a chord with many who despair at the reputation of Britain's trouble-prone players.

Sir Alan said footballers were 'scum, total scum. They don't know what honesty or loyalty is. They're the biggest scum that walk on this planet and, if they weren't football players, most of them would be in prison, it's as simple as that.

'Do not believe a word that comes out of their mouths. All they're interested in is themselves. Totally themselves. What money's in their pockets.

'And if something doesn't go right, they'll go behind you and stab you in the back. If you ever had to go into the trenches and you had to rely on people, don't ever rely upon footballers.'

Sir Alan, 57, who as the owner of computer company Amstrad is worth about 700million, was chairman of Spurs for ten years. He resigned in 2001 but retains a 13 per cent stake, worth about 4.5million.

In recent years, the so-called ' beautiful game' has endured sexual assault and rape claims, corruption in the transfer system, and gambling, drugs and alcohol problems among players.

Sir Alan's comments, in an interview in the Sunday Telegraph, received a mixed response.

Simon Jordan, chairman of Premiership club Crystal Palace, said: 'He's being extreme, and generalistic, but elements of it are true. A lot of players will disappoint you.

'I have had several run-ins with several players during the four-and-a-half years I have been at Crystal Palace.

'There is too much player power and it has become all- consuming. Players become institutionalised and are told everything they do is right, and that's when you breed little monsters. But not all players are like that. There is validity to some of Alan's points, but I don't endorse the way he has said it.

' If he doesn't like football, he should get out of football.' Tottenham Hotspur distanced itself from Sir Alan, with a spokesman saying: 'These comments reflect Alan Sugar's personal views and not those of the club. But it's puzzling he said these things, as he still comes to home matches.'

Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, said: 'These pathetic comments say more about Alan Sugar than the people he's talking about. No doubt in the business world people might say similar things about Alan Sugar.'

Gary Mabbutt, who captained Spurs during Sir Alan's time as chairman of the club, described his remarks as ' a laughable tirade', adding: 'It's unnecessary and derogatory.'
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I've always been extremely disappointed at the number of Chelsea 'fans' from the Wallington/Carshalton/Sutton area. They have no place here. They are not wanted.

If they've suffered a bit of distress this weekend... good.

Please allow decent Palace fans like c_block_lad his moment of happiness. He's living on the front line, and doing a marvellous job.

Keep the striped flag flying high.
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Footballers - they're total scum

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