Early Doors

Four touchline flare-ups that make Pardew and Burgos seem soft

Early Doors

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It’s not every weekend where the major talking points in European football involve coaches attacking people on the touchlines.

On Saturday, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was fined £100,000 by his club and will face a lengthy ban from the FA for planting a headbutt on Hull midfielder David Meyler.


During Sunday’s derby clash with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid’s burly assistant coach German Burgos had to be physically restrained by Diego Simeone and a handful of other staff members when he attempted to attack the referee, who had booked Diego Costa for diving when it appeared he had been fouled by Alvaro Arbeloa.


Both provoked all manner of outrage on TV, radio and social media. Indeed, you would think it was the first time such incidents had occurred.

So we’ve decided to remind you of some other epic blowouts from coaches and their helpers…

1. Drama! Coach and player exchange butts, both fall to pieces

After Pardew’s coup franc on Meyler, Hull boss Steve Bruce praised his player for staying on his feet when many would have hit the deck for effect.

During a Bundesliga match in December 2005, Cologne midfielder Albert Streit, who was 25 at the time, became embroiled in a touchline row with Duisburg head coach Norbert Meier, then 47.

What followed was hilarious, disgraceful and downright embarrassing. Meier headbutted Streit, before chucking himself to the ground as if he had been assaulted and not the other way round. Streit, who was clearly not injured by the tap, followed suit, realising he may be sent off.

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In the end the player was dismissed, but he was later exonerated. Meier, meanwhile, was banned for three months and sacked by Duisburg. His managerial career recovered, and he is notable for having taken Fortuna Dusseldorf from the third division to the Bundesliga.

2. Take that! Player reacts badly to substitution; coach beats the bejesus out of him

Former Fiorentina midfielder Adem Ljajic is known for being a bit of a hothead. As such, most people believed then-boss Delio Rossi when he claimed the Serbian playmaker had insulted his family after being taken off during a Serie A match against Novara towards the end of the 2011-12 season.

This is what happened next:

It turned out nothing of the sort had been said and that Ljajic, while rudely applauding his gaffer, had not sworn or abused Rossi.

The sight of a middle-aged man trying to knock the stuffing out of a seated man-child is pretty distressing. And funny.

Needless to say, Rossi was sacked, and Ljajic – while absolved of any blame – was sold to Roma, where he has become an integral part of a successful team.

3. A DISGRACE! Coach punches FAN. Yes, FAN!

Most of us who remember Nelson Vivas recall a workmanlike defender who played second fiddle to Arsenal’s miserly defence in the early days of Arsene Wenger. The Argentine has since become a coach, and towards the end of last year he did the unthinkable while managing Quilmes in his homeland’s Primera.

How often do you think coaches and players fantasise about getting their own back on the mindless goons who shout abuse from the terraces? All the time, we reckon. It’s a surprise this doesn’t happen more often.

Well on this occasion a disgruntled supporter is filmed exchanging words with Vivas, accusing him of having ‘no balls’ (he means testicles, not the inflatables the players kick about). Vivas invites ‘Carlos’ down to the dugout, and eventually the man agrees – getting a shoeing for his troubles.

Vivas resigned soon afterwards, under pressure from the board – although to be fair to the fan, he insisted Vivas should stay, and that it was his fault for provoking him.

If only fans of Premier League clubs had such a sense of personal responsibility.

4. Don’t mess with Joe Jordan!

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This didn’t result in anything too major thanks to intervention from other players and staff, but Gennaro Gattuso – who fancies himself as a hard-man – could not have picked a worse old fella to pick on during Milan and Tottenham's match in February 2011.

Joe Jordan is hard. Really hard. So, as Gattuso pranced around with his top off afterwards, consider this: Joe would have had him.

To be fair to Gattuso, he apologised afterwards, saying he should never try to fight his seniors and “got crazy” after they “talked Scottish” to each other. At 11 seconds, you can see Jordan threatening to “put the heid on” Gattuso. Yikes!

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