Famous spitting incidents in sport

Eurosport - Thu, 19 Mar 08:29:00 2009

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas stands accused of spitting at Hull City assistant manager Brian Horton, but it's not the first time a sports star has been fingered for phlegming.

Rudi Voller, West Germany, 1990 World Cup - 0

GOLF - SERGIO GARCIA

The Spanish Ryder Cup star was caught spitting into a hole at the 2007 WGC-CA Championship in Florida after three-putting for bogey. "Don't worry, it [the spit] did go in the middle. It wasn't going to affect anybody else and if it did I would have wiped it off."

RUGBY - WENDELL SAILOR

The troubled Australian winger was fined 150 in 2001 for spitting in the face of a woman in a Queensland nightclub. He was however cleared of spitting at the woman's friend.

TENNIS - JUAN IGNACIO CHELA

During a heated encounter with Lleyton Hewitt at the 2005 Australian Open, Chela appeared to spit at his opponent during a changeover. He claimed afterwards the spit was not aimed at Hewitt and said he had apologised to the Australian for the incident.

CRICKET - HARBHAJAN SINGH

The Indian spinner was accused of making racist comments and repeatedly spitting at the crowd during a one-day match against Australia at the MCG in Melbourne last year. India denied the allegations and with no television footage as evidence the case went away.

FOOTBALL - EL-HADJI DIOUF

The lovable striker was fined 500 in 2005 for spitting 'juice' in the direction of an 11-year-old Middlesbrough fan. "He has admitted to discharging liquid from his mouth but without the intention to spit at any individual directly," said a spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service. "There was no intention to use disorderly behaviour but it was reckless."

FOOTBALL - FRANK RIJKAARD AND RUDI VOLLER

Arguably the most famous spitting incident in the history of sport. The year was 1990, the venue was the San Siro stadium in Milan and the perpetrators were Dutch midfielder Rijkaard and West Germany's poodle-haired Voller (pictured), who exchanged fluids and were both sent off in a fiery World Cup second-round clash.

Got any more? We'd be glad to hear them.

Eurosport

Not already a Yahoo! user ? to get a free Yahoo! Account