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Middlesbrough Skipper: Possebon Incident Doesn’t Make Me Dirty

As Rodrigo Possebon was stretched off the field taking gas, a gauge taken out of his leg just below his knee, the fear that his leg had been broken was massive. Minutes before, Middlesbrough captain, Emanuel Pogatetz came crashing in to our young midfielder, studs showing.

“That was my first sending-off since moving to Boro, which isn’t a bad record is it?” said Pogatetz. “I have been booked only once this season. I think that shows I am not a dirty player. I am physical yes. I like the physical side and it is part of football, but not dirty.”

What Pogatetz fails to mention is the fact he’s already broken one player’s leg and was banned from football for several months! He was just 22-years-old when he dished out a double leg fracture to Yaroslav Kharitonskiy, and only 25 when Possebon was on the receiving end of his studs.

He has been playing professional football for eight years and has dished out two appalling tackles in that time, both of which could be career enders, but he wouldn’t consider himself dirty…

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  1. Frank Lampard says:

    Yes, and I’m not fat.

  2. Ash says:

    Was that a pig that just flew past my window???

  3. Haakon says:

    What a muppet.

  4. Rafa Benitez says:

    I’m not fat either

  5. Mic says:

    That is nonsense! I’ve ALWAYS thought of Poga being a dirty funk! He’s a disgrace and must take fans for mugs if he believes anyone would buy into that!

  6. RedMist says:

    He’s absolutely right of course…it wasn’t that assault on Possebon that made him a dirty player….he has been a dirty f****r for years….since he broke that guys Femur in Russia.

  7. SteRDLK says:

    Is this guy deluding himself? He is in the same thuggish mould as Ben Thatcher, Danny Guthrie and Chris Morgan, kick em all out of football.

  8. PossePossebon says:

    He skins Possebon, and he’s not dirty? What rubbish.

  9. Jonny says:

    Pogatetz, Thatcher, Keane

    dirty bastards

  10. OTRed says:

    Cue to some so called “unbiased” football fan posting on this blog and saying United deserve the same cus of players like Keane.

  11. Jonny says:

    I don’t think any player deserves to be injured.

  12. Jonny says:

    I just find the hero worship for Keane very contradicting, especially when you guys bang on about this particular challenge.

  13. Eujen says:

    Keano did some heroic things for his team. Always put the team first and thats why we love him. He did do a lot of stupid things, but thats the thing with aggression, it can go either way.

  14. TonyBee says:

    Jonny. just fuck off you cunt…..think that says it in words you will understand you dull prick

  15. TonyBee says:

    not banging on about any challenge you soft twat. Just think Pussybon is an arsehole for saying he aint a dirty cunt.


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