Premier League - Cantona: Kung fu kick my finest

Fri, 04 Mar 10:04:00 2011

Eric Cantona has claimed that his kung-fu kick on a Crystal Palace fan was the greatest moment of his career.

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The Frenchman won a total of seven top flight league titles during his time with Marseille, Leeds and Manchester United, and picked up a host of other gongs .

But he believes the highlight of his time in the beautiful game was the infamous night in 1995 when he launched a kung fu kick at Palace fan Matthew Simmons after being sent off at Selhurst Park.

"When I did the kung fu kick on the hooligan," the 44-year-old told the BBC's Football Focus programme when asked to name the highlight of his career.

"These kind of people don't have to be at the game. I think maybe it's like a dream for some, you know, sometimes to kick these kind of people.

"So I did it for them. So they are happy. It's a kind of freedom for them.

"So I speak about that because maybe they felt it. Because they felt something special physically. Maybe it was a different feeling.

"It's a great feeling, but different."


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