Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

The Ten Best Mass Insults

Sir Alex gives his views on the Italians Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has never been afraid to speak his mind, as he is only too well aware after his recent comments about referee Alan Wiley. Yet with the following comment he offended an entire nation: "When an Italian tells me its pasta on the plate I check under the sauce to make sure."
Bryan Roy insults the entire city of Nottingham Dutch footballer Bryan Roy had just moved to Hertha Berlin from Nottingham Forest when he was asked to sum up the differences between the two towns. What followed ensured there was no chance of a return transfer: "Berlin has everything. It is a cosmopolitan city with theatres and the people are open-minded. They are not as narrow-minded like the people in Nottingham. There are no theatres, no cinemas, hardly anything. All Nottingham has is Robin Hood... and he's dead"
Georgi Hristov on the locals in Barnsley Former Macedonia international Georgi Hristov observes the differences between Belgrade and Barnsley: "The local girls are far uglier than the ones in Belgrade. Our women are far prettier and they don't drink as much beer."

Manchester United striker Michael Owen recently moved to play down his comments about playing for the biggest club in the world.

His original comments angered many Liverpool fans who felt the statement was an insult to his former club.

Owen isn't the first sportsman to alienate a swathe of people with his words. From insulting clubs, towns and entire nations, here's the ten best mass insults.

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