He said what?

A BBC Radio Suffolk sports presenter was praised this week, for his handling of an on-air obscene phone call. But despite the risk of offence there is sometimes a funny side to broadcasting gaffes.

A BBC Radio Suffolk sports presenter was praised this week, for his handling of an on-air obscene phone call. But despite the risk of offence there is sometimes a funny side to broadcasting gaffes.

Today JAMES MARSTON finds 50 sporting slip ups.

SOMETIMES they just don't make sense. We've heard the occasional odd sentence emit from the mouths of commentators, reporters and so-called wordsmiths.

From the mixed metaphor to the downright ridiculous, here are some of the more memorable slip ups from the world of sport.


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"What will you do when you leave football, Jack - will you stay in football?"-Stuart Hall, Radio 5 Live.

"Unfortunately, we keep kicking ourselves in the foot."-Ray Wilkins, speaking on BBC1.

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"I've got a gut feeling in my stomach..." -Alan Sugar, speaking on BBC1.

"I would not say he [David Ginola] is the best left winger in the Premiership, but there are none better."-Ron Aktinson in a TV interview.

"Both sides have scored a couple of goals, and both sides have conceded a couple of goals."-Peter Withe, speaking on Radio 5 Live

"You don't score 64 goals in 86 games at the highest level without being able to score goals."-Alan Green, speaking on Radio 5 Live

"I was saying the other day, how often the most vulnerable area for goalies is between their legs..." -Andy Gray, Sky Sports

"They [Rosenborg] have won 66 games, and they've scored in all of them." Brian Moore, ITV.

"If you can't stand the heat in the dressing-room, get out of the kitchen." Terry Venables, Capital Gold.

"It's now 1-1, an exact reversal of the score on Saturday."-Radio 5 Live

"...an excellent player, but he [Ian Wright] does have a black side." -Gary Lineker, BBC.

"Football today, it's like a game of chess. It's all about money."-Newcastle United Fan, Radio 5 Live.

"Gary always weighed up his options, especially when he had no choice."-Kevin Keegan, Radio 5 Live.

"And I suppose they [Spurs] are nearer to being out of the FA Cup now than any other time since the first half of this season, when they weren't ever in it anyway."-John Motson, BBC.

"I never make predictions and I never will."-Paul Gascoigne.

"And there's Ray Clemence looking as cool as ever out in the cold."-Jimmy Hill

"If history is going to repeat itself I should think we can expect the same thing again."-Terry Venables

"I think that was a moment of cool panic there."-Ron Atkinson

"Celtic manager Davie Hay still has a fresh pair of legs up his sleeve."-John Greig

"Souness gave Fleck a second chance and he grabbed it with both feet."-James Sanderson

"They have missed so many chances they must be wringing their heads in shame."-Ron Greenwood.

"It's headed away by John Clark, using his head."-Derek Rae.

"Tottenham are trying tonight to become the first London team to win this Cup. The last team to do so was the 1973 Spurs side."-Mike Ingham

"He's very fast and if he gets a yard ahead of himself nobody will catch him." Bobby Robson.

"Many clubs have a question mark in the shape of an axe-head hanging over them." Malcolm McDonald.

"Tottenham have impressed me. They haven't thrown in the towel even though they have been under the gun."-Bobby Charlton.

"And I honestly believe we can go all the way to Wembley......unless somebody knocks us out."-Dave Bassett.

"And Arsenal now have plenty of time to dictate the last few seconds."-Peter Jones.

"Bobby Robson must be thinking of throwing some fresh legs on."-Kevin Keegan.

"What makes this game so delightful is that when both teams get the ball they are attacking their opponents goal."-Jimmy Hill.

"That's football, Mike, Northern Ireland have had several chances and haven't scored but England have had no chances and scored twice." -Trevor Brooking.

"...and so they have not been able to improve their 100per cent record."-Sports Roundup.

"In terms of the Richter Scale this defeat was a force eight gale." -John Lyall

"I would also think that the action replay showed it to be worse than it actually was."-Ron Atkinson.

"Mirandinha will have more shots this afternoon than both sides put together."-Malcolm McDonald.

"Newcastle, of course, unbeaten in their last five wins."-Brian Moore.

"I'm going to make a prediction - it could go either way." -Ron Atkinson

"And with four minutes gone, the score is already 0-0."-Ian Dark.

"They have got their feet on the ground and if they stay that way they will go places."-John Gidman.

"Strangely, in slow motion replay, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer."-David Acfield.

"What I said to them at half time would be unprintable on the radio."-Gerry Francis.

"If we played like this every week, we wouldn't be so inconsistent."-Bryan Robson.

"John Harkes going to Sheffield, Wednesday." New York Post.

"If there weren't such a thing as football, we'd all be frustrated footballers."-Mick Lyons.

"I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel" - Stuart Pearce.

"Glenn Hoddle hasn't been the Hoddle we know. Neither has Bryan Robson."-Ron Greenwood.

"The only thing I have in common with George Best is that we come from the same place..play for the same club..and were discovered by the same man."-Norman Whiteside.

"I never comment on referees and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat."-Ron Atkinson.

"For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all-yellow strip."-John Motson - BBC TV)

"I don't think there is anybody bigger or smaller than Maradona."-Kevin Keegan.

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