World Football Strange but True: Blackpool Manager Warned by Police over Cursing

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterApril 17, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 03:  Ian Holloway manager of Blackpool gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Blackpool at Craven Cottage on April 3, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Here's an odd story you might have missed last week from the English lower leagues.

It's from the Championship, the second tier of English football, and it has to do with one of football's favorite pastimes: swearing.

Apparently, during Blackpool's draw with Barnsley the day after Easter, police warned Blackpool manager Ian Holloway to watch his language.

No way? Yes way.

From the Daily Mirror:

A livid Ollie went ballistic after Keith Southern was sent off in the 21st minute - upsetting a fan sat near his dug out.

The supporter complained and Holloway was ordered to tone down his swearing by a nearby copper and the fourth official.

He said: "I got spoken to by the police and I must apologise for that. You sometimes say things in the heat of battle that you shouldn't."

So what did Holloway say?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Ian Holloway manager of Blackpool gives instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Blackpool at Old Trafford on May 22, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty I
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Normally one would assume he dropped the F-bomb, or at least the dreaded C-word.

But because of the day the match was played, this might be something else.

Since it was the day after Easter, the policeman and fourth official might have taken issue with some vulgar blasphemy.

Alas, the mystery will go on.

Holloway went on:

"Football is an emotional game. I always try to stay calm but sometimes you forget yourself and I apologise."

Holloway had a nightmare day as his promotion chasing side were held by strugglers Barnsley and he missed the Tykes 47th minute goal after being caught short.

He said: "Funnily enough I didn't even see their goal. I was just coming out of the toilet at half time.''

The toilet! Nothing like a bit of potty humor to liven your Tuesday, eh?

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