CHRIS SUTTON: My Mail Sport colleague Martin Keown used to pinch me in the back during games just like Erling Haaland does to opponents… but it never bothered me, I saw it as just a winding-up mechanism!
- Arsenal defender Martin Keown used to pinch me in the back during games
- Ben Mee revealed Manchester City striker Erling Haaland pinches opponents
- In truth, Keown’s attempts of distraction never really used to bother me
Ben Mee, the Brentford defender, has revealed that Erling Haaland, Manchester City’s free scoring striker, has been up to some naughty tricks.
But there is nothing new in football as Mail Sport columnist Chris Sutton knows only too well.
Pinching wasn’t the most common tactic in the Premier League when I played — treading on toes was the more popular option — but I knew to expect a few nips in the lower back when I was playing my now Mail Sport colleague Martin Keown!
It never bothered me too much, in truth. I saw it as a winding-up mechanism. Defenders are slippery beings, doing whatever they can to annoy you when the referee isn’t looking.
They do it to get a reaction and I never gave them that satisfaction.
Martin Keown pinched me in the back, just like Erling Haaland does to opponents
Ben Mee revealed that Manchester City striker Erling Haaland pinches opponents
I was sent off for fouling Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira after he elbowed me at a corner
But I did react when Patrick Vieira elbowed me at a corner and broke my nose.
I remember looking up and seeing him smiling back at me.
The red mist descended and five minutes later, I tried to take him out, only to be shown a straight red.
So I’d take a pinch in the back over an elbow to the nose every day of the week and twice on Sundays.
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