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Quotes of the Week: ‘English society is very sensitive’

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"Sebastian should think less about my balls and more about himself. With comments like that he is running the risk of losing the respect of his fellow drivers." – Nico Rosberg is not amused by Sebastian Vettel’s joke that rival drivers "hang their balls in the pool on Fridays" when Red Bull are working hard.

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"I'm sure you speak louder on the football pitch." – The chairman of the bench at Newcastle Magistrate’s court asks West Brom midfielder Stephane Sessegnon to speak up before he was banned and fined for driving offences.

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"I've travelled as a football player on coaches after games in France where you didn't see each other - there was so much smoke on the coach, everybody smoked. But times have changed. English society is very sensitive to smoking... so it's a bit more shocking here than it is somewhere else." – Arsene Wenger, while critical of Jack Wilshere’s cheeky snout, recalls the days when players could smoke ze Gauloises with impunity.

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An artist's impression of Arsene Wenger smoking, just like he did in the old days

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"To win the Champions League, you need five or six world-class players. Look at Bayern Munich, they have it. Look at Barcelona, who had it in the past and Real Madrid, who have maybe got it now. That's the level you have to be at to win it. We've not got that yet but what we have got is experience." – David Moyes confirms that Manchester United’s squad is on the right side of average, adding weight to the belief that Sir Alex Ferguson was a genius for winning the title with it.

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Rio Ferdinand is surprisingly self-critical in this response to a fan on Twitter:

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"I have got two special places in my heart. I was born in Finland, and there the job as the national team coach is the biggest job. Liverpool has the other place in my heart. I don’t want to say, ‘That’s my goal’, but - after the 10 years I played there - it would also be a dream to one day be the Liverpool manager." – Sami Hyypia lays his cards on the table.

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"It's so disappointing that Luke's not in there. That was a heartbreak and I don't understand it. He's dealing with it - which you have to do - but you have to understand it's such a huge disappointment to see all your brothers go back to England and not be part of it. It's really hard as a mum to know what to say." – Julie Burgess, mother of rugby league star Luke Burgess, is disappointed that he did not make England’s World Cup squad. Which is a bit rich, as his three other brothers were selected.

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"I was talking trash, and he came out and beat the pants off me [in the match], as he would, but then kind of chirped afterwards. So he comes straight [into the locker room], I went right up to him, had him up against the locker. But then I realised his trainer was a little bit bigger than [NFL star] Donovan McNabb and I kind of checked myself." – Andy Roddick reminisces about the time he kicked off with Novak Djokovic.

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"Well, apparently I do good things from time to time." – Former Manchester City striker Valeri Bojinov reacts with modesty after helping save a fellow shopper’s life after he had a fit in a busy Bulgarian mall.

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"The cold blade makes contact. I break the skin, pierce the flesh of my wrist. I just want to die. But I can't go ahead with it. I don't know why. Then I drop the knife and burst into tears. The suicide attempts happened on four, five, six occasions – I can't remember exactly how many times. They aren't exactly nice memories." – Former boxer Ricky Hatton tried to kill himself in alcohol-fuelled depression so many times he can’t remember.

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"It is not foolishly voyeuristic but elegant and unique." – Eric Cantona describes his acting role in French arthouse film 'Les Rencontres d'après minuit'...

"I was about to show my cock. It is big and beautiful." – A choice line from King Eric during said flick.

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