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Football legend blasts Sky TV 'Muppet Show'
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Football legend blasts Sky TV 'Muppet Show'

Published: 26 Mar 2012 12:49 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Mar 2012 12:49 GMT+02:00

"I can't watch that shit anymore," the Leverkusen sporting director told the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper on Sunday. "It's a Muppet Show."

Völler was specifically talking about Sky Sport's experts Markus Merk, Steffen Freund and Jan Age Fjörtoft, who delivered a stinging verdict on Leverkusen's desultory performance in their 2:0 defeat to Schalke at the weekend.

Völler, who epitomized the perm-plus-moustache look favoured by 1980's German footballers, has a belligerent reputation. He was famously involved in an altercation at the 1990 World Cup with Dutch player Frank Rijkaard, who spat in his mullet.

The former World Champion was particularly unimpressed with Merk, who used to be one of Germany's top referees. He said that Leverkusen midfielder Simon Rolfes should have been sent off for an elbow challenge.

"What Merk comes out with is unbelievable," said Völler. "He's constantly stabbing his former colleagues in the back."

But the Sky pundits were not to be outdone in the war of words. Merk countered by describing the Leverkusen top dog as a "verbal arsonist."

"I won't accept that," the former ref said of Völler’s attack. "He should worry about his show at Leverkusen. He's got enough to do there."

Ex-Frankfurt player Fjörtoft was even more robust, dismissing Völler as an "überclown."

"He's always trying to copy [comedian and Sky football presenter Oliver] Pocher," raged back Völler. "But that's an insult to a real comedian like Pocher. Fjörtoft should stay at home."

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22:42 March 26, 2012 by MaKo
I'd be much more likely to watch it if they were actual Muppets.
07:51 March 27, 2012 by lordkorner
@ Chango Mutney,

So now that you have slagged off a huge percentage of the world population , would you like to share with us what brings a grin to you face , makes you jump up and down, in other words, what lights your fire?...
10:46 March 27, 2012 by wood artist
Unrelated to this immediate controversy, it seems that football might be able to use a good dose of Muppet mentality. I'm growing tired of constantly reading about rowdy fans attacking each other, setting fires, and generally causing needless and pointless mayhem. Some Muppet-like childish enthusiasm might be exactly what the sport needs. At least fewer fans would end up needing medical treatment...or finding themselves in jail.

wa
13:51 March 29, 2012 by gremar
Well, seeing that he had no answer to the valid critique, he attacked the Muppets. May be a trend of some sort. Well, some consolation should be offered, hmm, let me see... ah, Eminem almost got into a brawl because of a puppet too... Miss Piggy has confessed to using Botox to maintain her youthful complexion and puffed up looks.
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