Quotes of the week: 14Jan2010

IAN COLE collates some of the most notable sporting sayings from the first couple of weeks of 2010

“Blow me fuck face. Go to hell, I’m sick of you” Tom Hicks Jnr, a Liverpool FC director, pictured left, replies by e-mail to a fan questioning the lack of transfer funds. Within days, Hicks had resigned from the board.

“It’s not justice. It can never be justice because they cannot give back the moment of celebration. I still feel cheated” Roger Black on learning he will belatedly receive a gold medal for being a member of Britain’s 4×400 metres relay team at the 1997 world championships, together with Iwan Thomas, Jamie Baulch and Mark Richardson. Winners United States were disqualified in 2008 following Antonio Pettigrew’s admission that he had been taking performance-enhancing drugs.

“The local newspaper in Burnley had a front page headline ‘Betrayed’. If that’s how people want to portray it that’s up to them, but I can look myself in the mirror and know I’ve done nothing wrong” Owen Coyle on the reactions to his switch from manager of Burnley to Bolton.

“Going to our rivals in the same league is not the best of things. I don’t think we are best pals at the moment” Barry Kilby, the Burnley chairman.

“At 5-0 in the first set she asked me if I moisturise my hands. I’m thinking, ‘She’s not taking this too seriously’” Andy Murray reveals a changeover conversation with doubles partner Laura Robson at the Hopman Cup.

“Have you seen the state of his hands? They are pretty disgusting” Laura Robson‘s justification.

“It’s an insult to the game and all the players on the pitch” Sir Alex Ferguson attacks the officials at Manchester United’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat against Leeds for allowing a mere five minutes of stoppage time.

“Every time I raced I panicked about whether I was letting down my country for my own vanity” Jana Rawlinson, Australia’s double 400m hurdles world champion, pictured right, on having her breast implants removed to help her run faster.

“I’ve been saying this for years. He’s a psychological coward who doesn’t want to fight anybody who has a chance of beating him” Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao’s promoter, after Floyd Mayweather Junior pulls out of a £40 million WBO welterweight showdown.

“He’s a legend. We should all apologise to him for putting him in that position for a second time” Andrew Strauss, the England cricket captain, after his No11 Graham Onions plays out the final over against South Africa for a draw in the third Test ” the second time in the series the Durham bowler has been called to do so.

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