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VIDEO: French star DISQUALIFIED for taking off shirt before finish

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Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad is undoubtedly one of the greatest European athletes of recent years but he also clearly has a screw loose upstairs.

As you can see in the above video, the Frenchman took off his shirt and started celebrating BEFORE EVEN REACHING the home straight on his way to his third consecutive European 3000m steeplechase gold medal.

The incident got a mixed reaction from the fans in Zurich but the IAAF did not have any sense of humour about it and disqualified Mekhissi-Benabbad after a complaint from the Spanish team.

Yoann Kowal, also from France, was instead upgraded to the gold medal with Krystian Zalewski of Poland taking silver and Spain's Angel Mullera being upgraded to the bronze.

It is not the first time the 29-year-old has got into trouble either. He has a strange habit of pushing mascots at major championships. This caused a particular controversy at the European Championships in Helsinki in 2012 when it turned out the costume for 'Appy' was being worn by a 14-year-old girl - and he apparently failed to apologise when he found that fact out.

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Mekhissi-Benabbad also caused a scandal in 2011 when he started trading blows with countryman Mehdi Baala after a 1500m race in Monaco.

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