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15 awkward moments when sport and politics met

Many of which include Bertie Ahern…

1. Bertie Ahern getting booed at Ireland matches

(They’re saying boo-ertie – INPHO/Tom Honan)

2. Tony Blair going on Football Focus

(Football punditry – far more fun than discussing the Iraq War – BBC/PA Archive/Press Association Images)

3. Deadspin and Donald Trump’s Twitter war

(But tell us what you really think – Twitter screen grab)

4.  Jesse Owens embarrassing Hitler

YouTube credit: joni45654

(So much for that ‘master race’ theory)

5. Martin Johnson’s Mary McAleese red carpet snub

(Johnson practices his angry face - INPHO/Photosport/Andrew Cornaga)

6. Eamon Dunphy slamming Bertie Ahern

YouTube credit: Daniel Sullivan

(It's a far cry from the two of them appearing on 'The Premiership' together)

7. Charles Haughey congratulating Stephen Roche on his Tour de France win

(Did someone say 'bandwagon' - Billy Stickland/INPHO)

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8. Bertie Ahern attempting to intervene in the Roy Keane Saipan row

(Was this the ingenious disguise that enabled Roy to avoid Bertie at the airport? Niall Carson/PA Archive/Press Association Images)

9. Linda McMahon's failed political bid

(Wrestling's a sport, right? Jessica Hill/AP/Press Association Images)

10. The Ultimate Warrior's general belief that he can make it as a legitimate politician

YouTube credit: TheYoungTurks

(Oh dear!)

11. David Mellor and THAT Chelsea kit incident

(Sigh! Matthew Ashton/EMPICS Sport)

12. George Bush and the Texas Rangers' love-in

(No George, just no! EMPICS/EMPICS Sport)

13. Italy's 1938 World Cup-winning team pose with Benito Mussolini

(The less said, the better - EMPICS/EMPICS Sport)

14. THIS handshake

(Neither of those two know who the other person is - INPHO/Cathal Noonan)

15. Lance Armstrong hangin' with George Bush Senior

YouTube credit: livestrongarmy

What have we forgotten? Let us know in the comments section below.

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