Six times fruit and veg mixed with football as Liz Truss tries to outlast our lettuce - Daily Star

2022-11-22 02:43:26 By : Mr. Samuel Wall

Liz Truss is currently in a battle to outlast the Daily Star lettuce as Prime Minister, but she's in good company with the following football stars who had run-ins with fruit and veg

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Six times fruit and veg mixed with football as Liz Truss tries to outlast our lettuce - Daily Star

While the likes of Gary Lineker and Gary Neville are often told to stick to football, the beautiful game has more in common with politics than you'd think.

Take struggling Prime Minister Liz Truss for example: she's currently trying to outlast the Daily Star lettuce with her position looking increasingly under threat day-by-day after making more U-turns than a broken sat nav.

And footie has had its fair share of run-ins with fruit and veg over the years. From the bizarre to the brilliant, here's six times your five-a-day crossed over into sport.

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Managers are used to being on the receiving end of abuse from supporters when results aren't going their way. What they aren't used to, though, is having a cabbage thrown at them.

That was what Steve Bruce had to contend with during his time in charge at Aston Villa. One disgruntled fan launched the sizeable vegetable at him prior to their 3-3 draw with Preston North End in October 2018.

An enraged Bruce fumed after full-time: "To say it's disappointing is an understatement for a club like this. It was before we had even started, too.

"I find the whole thing hugely disrespectful. Unfortunately, it sums up the society we are in at the moment. There's no respect for anyone."

The veteran boss had managed to dodge the cabbage, but he didn't avoid the sack - being given the chop hours later after winning just one Championship match in nine.

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There was never a dull moment with Diego Costa around during his time with Chelsea. The maverick striker was usually a talking point on the pitch for one reason or another.

But he showed he was just as crazy off the pitch with his antics at the Blues' bus parade to celebrate their 2014/15 Premier League title.

Rather than take in the atmosphere with a few drinks, Costa started launching celery, yes celery, at the fans lining the streets.

Chelsea actually have a long-standing association with the vegetable which dates back to the 1980s. The club had to ban it at Stamford Bridge in 2007 after fans kept throwing it on the pitch.

Goalkeepers naturally have to be skilled with their hands and Arsenal Invincible Rami Shaaban proved that's a transferrable skill by becoming a greengrocer after hanging up his gloves.

The retired Swedish shot stopper spent two seasons with the Gunners from 2002 to 2004 but unfortunately didn't meet the threshold for a Premier League winners medal in their unbeaten title-winning season.

Shaaban is now running his own fruit and veg business in his home country, called Rami Fresh, which provides products from a farm in Egypt where some of his family originate from.

Graham Taylor's ill-fated spell as England manager landed him with the unfortunate nickname 'turnip', which was repeatedly used to berate his abilities.

The Three Lions crashed out of Euro 92 after losing 2-1 to Sweden and Taylor then ultimately lost his job after failing to qualify for the 1994 World Cup in the USA.

Following his resignation, The Sun savagely decided to mock him up as a turnip, which haunted him for the rest of his career. During his Wolves side's 5-1 defeat to Bolton in 1995, three turnips were launched onto the pitch in his direction.

Countless players have had to deal with senseless racism while playing with bananas thrown at them from the crowd, but former Barcelona defender Dani Alves had the perfect retort in April 2014.

During a La Liga clash with Villarreal, the right-back picked up said banana, peeled it and then took a bite before carrying on with taking a corner.

Alves was hailed for his response and several of his fellow players, including the likes of Sergio Aguero and Neymar, posted selfies of them eating a banana too in solidarity with him.

There's nothing quite like an away day for a football fan, though there's always one or two who take things too far. Case in point, Watford's travelling supporters in 2007.

Not content with just following their team around the country, the Hornets faithful decided to bring along a random item of fruit and veg with them.

The campaign, labelled "five-a-day away days", saw all sorts of random items sneaked into grounds, including audaciously large watermelons.

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