Liam Ridgewell-gate: Incriminating pictures and their attendant scandals


Liam Ridgewell
Ridgewell… Bum deal? (Img: Ronnie Macdonald)
West Bromwich Albion defender Liam Ridgewell has caused quite the stir by posing for a picture wiping his botty with a wad of twenties.

The defender, who of course was only imitating doing so in order to mock a friend he’d just won a bet with, but the sensationalised version sounds, well, sensational, and now this sentence structure lies in tatters.

Here are ten more examples of eminent football folk caught in incriminating picture form, and of course we don’t mean incriminating in its literal, legal sense, or even a moral sense; We just couldn’t think of a better word, but then we did try to imply that Liam Ridgewell had actually cleansed his anus with money.

Here are some things that are loosely similar in various ways…

Peter Crouch and Jonathan Woodgate

In August 2009, then-Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp said…

“The nightclub reputation that was around this club when I arrived is something we’ve had to get rid of. It’s hard but I’ve given them all a warning. I’ve told them I don’t want to see them in nightclubs or pubs. I don’t think there is any need for it.

He can’t have been too chuffed then when this photo emerged just two months later…

Peter Crouch and Jonathan Woodgate

The duo of course would later be reunited at Stoke City, some ‘banging’ nights out thrown into the mix no doubt.

Nicklas Bendtner

At least they didn’t wind up like Juventus’s Danish forward…

Nicklas Bendtner

Literally caught with his pants down, if you’re speaking American English that is. Literally.

And then there was the other pants controversy surrounding Bendtner. You know, in English English.

Eidur Gudjohnsen


Eidur Gudjohnsen

Is Eidur Gudjohnsen a Nazi? To vote yes, call 0800…


Jose Baxter

The Oldham Athletic striker was at Everton when either a seriously misguided he or a spectacularly unhelpful friend uploaded a picture of someone’s member to his Twitter account. Of course, we cannot rule out a hacker. If you’re out there, and you successfully hacked Jose Baxter’s Twitter, then well done: now do every other footballer in the world and it’ll be impressive.

There seems to be little trace of the scandal remaining bar mentions on various discussion forums, probably due to the limited outreach. Given the proper backing of regular Premier League football for its protagonist, this could’ve been a first-class footballer photo scandal.

And, to end on a happier note, a love story…

Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique

The Barcelona defenders celebrated winning the 2010 World Cup by bundling a Barca shirt over then-Arsenal player Cesc Fabregas, which of course did not go down well with the Emirates faithful, if they like being referred to as such, which they almost certainly don’t…

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gerard Pique

A tender-looking moment, we’re sure you’ll agree…

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gerard Pique

…but the suggestion of romance in the air sparked the following media onslaught on, and rather glib response from, the more Swedish of the pair…

Burp sources have confirmed that they’d be a cute couple.

Can you think of anything else with any kind of loose similarity that may or may not have happened recently? Have your say in the comments section below…