Premier League: The 10 Funniest Moments in Premiership History

Ed Wyman@@edwymanCorrespondent IMarch 9, 2012

Premier League: The 10 Funniest Moments in Premiership History

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    The Premier League has seen a lot of funny moments down the years. Whether it's managers losing their cool or funny mishaps on the pitch, the Premier League provides plenty of light relief to go along with the top quality football.

    So, here is a list of 10 of the funniest moments the Premier League has created, so far. They are not in any particular order, so please do pick your own favourite and put any suggestions in the comment section below.

Kevin Keegan Loses It

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    Newcastle United and Manchester United were locked in a battle for the Premier League title back in 1996, and the pressure (and mind games) finally got to Kevin Keegan during an interview.

    Newcastle had been 12 points ahead in January, but Manchester United caught up after a string of bad results of the Tyneside club.

    Many have claimed that this meltdown handed Manchester United the title, and it certainly can't have helped Newcastle's cause.

    Within a year, Kevin Keegan had left Newcastle United, and the club are still yet to win a Premier League title. Manchester United, meanwhile, have won title after title after title.

The Beach Ball

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    During a game between Liverpool and Sunderland in 2009, a Liverpool fan hit a beach ball onto the pitch. Sunderland's Darren Bent then took a shot, which hit the beach ball and deflected the ball into the goal.

    Pepe Reina had the shot covered before the beach ball came into play, meaning the Liverpool fan's one contribution to his club's performance on the field was essentially an own goal. 

    If Liverpool have any sense they will ban the fan in question, a child, from their matches; he isn't exactly lucky.

Harry Redknapp Is a Football Manager!

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    Harry Redknapp has provided us with his fair share of comedy over the years. In a post-match interview, the Tottenham Hotspur manager was described by the interviewer as a "wheeler dealer," something that the favourite to succeed Fabio Capello did not take too kindly to.

    Redknapp proceeded to swear, pointing out that he is, in fact, "a f****** football manager."

    For another funny Redknapp moment, watch him getting hit in the head by a football and losing his cool with a reserve player.

Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer Get into a Fight

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    Usually when footballers get into fights, they are facing off against someone from the other team, not one of their teammates.

    However, that's exactly what Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer did. The two Newcastle United midfielders traded blows before teammates and Aston Villa players managed to break them up.

    Needless to say, both players were sent off.

    Lee Bowyer was given an extended ban and was prosecuted for attacking Dyer, who hadn't passed the ball to him.

    Dyer and Bowyer have since made up and played together at West Ham just a couple of years after this incident.

David Dunn: The New Ronaldo

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    Birmingham's David Dunn was playing in a a match against Aston Villa when he went for a trick pass a la Ronaldo. 

    Unfortunately it didn't come off and the English midfielder made a fool of himself in front of a stadium full of people.

Eric Cantona's Kung Fu Kick

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    Assault usually isn't funny, but this one just was. Eric Cantona had just been sent off and was walking off the pitch when he took offense to what a fan said to him.

    Cantona proceeded to launch himself at the fan feet-first before following up his opening move with a punch or two.

    The Frenchman was banned for eight months, convicted of assault and only narrowly avoided a spell in prison.

    He also gave one of his finest press conferences, during which he said: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much." 

Thierry Henry and Robert Pires Know How to Take Penalties

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    Thierry Henry and Robert Pires went for a bit of a cheeky penalty against Manchester City back in 2005

    Pires was supposed to pass the ball forwards so Thierry Henry could run onto the ball and score from close range, but Pires fluffed his lines and managed to hit the top of the ball.

    Needless to say, the two Frenchmen were ridiculed and Thierry Henry decided it would be a good idea for him to take penalties in future.

Robbie Savage Gets Hit in the Face by Referee

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    Robbie Savage took an elbow to the face whilst playing against Newcastle United when the referee swung his arm back as Savage ran past.

    As if it wasn't funny enough already, Alan Shearer was on hand to show the referee a red card for his frankly dangerous play.

    Robbie Savage was uninjured and was soon up and playing again.

Paolo Di Canio Pushes Referee

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    Paolo Di Canio had just been sent off, and he wasn't happy to say the least. He had already been restrained by his teammates when he got face to face with the referee and gave him a bit of a shove.

    The referee, Paul Alcock, stumbled for a preposterously long time before finally falling over.

    Di Canio picked up an 11-match ban for his troubles, but that did little to prevent people remembering Paul Alcock for falling over.

Jimmy Bullard

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    After being taken apart by Manchester City in the first half of a Premier League match, Phil Brown conducted his halftime team talk on the pitch, a move which led to widespread criticism.

    Fast forward to the next season and Jimmy Bullard equalised against the same opposition and proceeded to gather his teammates around him before replicating Brown's team talk, much to everyone's amusement.

    Even Phil Brown, the victim of the joke, seemed to enjoy it.