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Magnificent seven: sports stars getting caught out

Kevin Pietersen, Tiger Woods and Mark Kennedy have all been included in this week’s edition.

AFTER ROY HODGSON was caught telling tube passengers that Rio Ferdinand’s England career was over earlier this week, we decided to revisit seven other similar circumstances when sports stars were left red-faced.

1. The fake sheikh

Sven Goran Eriksson naively revealed his plans to leave the England job to the News of the World’s ‘fake sheikh’ in 2006. Of course, it was not the only time Eriksson was caught out in an embarrassing fashion, as Ulrika Johnson will attest. Such revelations led to the Swede being routinely mocked by satirists such as Alistair McGowan (see below).

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2. Tiger Woods affairs

The US golfer was left reeling, after a string of revelations regarding his private life emerged, including details of numerous extra-marital affairs.

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3. Kevin Pietersen’s texts

Kevin Pietersen became embroiled in controversy earlier in the year, having sent a number of ill-advised texts, which were said to have included unflattering comments about Andrew Strauss, among other things.

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4. The England rugby team’s post-World Cup fallout

A leaked report highlighted the level of disillusionment within the England set-up, following their disappointing 2012 Rugby World Cup campaign. “There wasn’t enough focus on basic skills,” complained one anonymous player, while another bluntly stated that “the man-management was absolutely terrible”.

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5. Mark Kennedy and Phil Babb

Mark Kennedy and Phil Babbb were both fined and dropped from the Ireland squad for their much-publicised rowdy antics during a night-out in Dublin. Below is a video of Kennedy in happier times, scoring against Iceland.

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6. Michael Phelps smoking marijuana

Michael Phelps was seen as the golden boy of US swimming following his phenomenally successful performances at the Beijing Olympics. However, this image was tarnished somewhat, after pics of him allegedly smoking marijuana were exposed.

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7. Andy Powell ill-conceived buggy drive

In 2010, Poweell encountered controversy not for the first or last time in his career, after he allegedly took and drove away a golf buggy towards services off junction 33 of the M4. The player has  also been criticised for his on-field performances at times, and the video below illustrates why.

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