Stick to beating up your girlfriend

Getting something interesting out of footballers is usually a fairly tricky feat. By the time they’re of the age to play the game professionally the most you’ll ever get out of them is ‘the gaffer backs me 100%’, or ‘it’s great scoring goals but what’s really important is three points for Melchester Rovers’. Boring.

However, since the advent of social networking websites, the potential for a more candid quote from a footballer has risen exponentially. Take Darren Bent, for instance, who when looking for a move away from Tottenham Hotspur at the end of last season posted on his Twitter page (db10thetruth, fact fans): ‘Do I wanna go Hull City NO. Do I wanna go stoke NO do I wanna go sunderland YES so stop f****** around levy.’

This time he’s let rip at Stan Collymore on Facebook, who claimed in an article for the Mirror that despite being The second highest English goalscorer this season he was behind Carlton Cole and Bobby Zamora for a place in the England squad, saying that he lacks ‘touch, awareness of space and an appreciation of team-mates’ positioning’. Bent replied by posting on a Facebook page for Darren Ashley (his middle name) that ‘Collymore should stick to smashing the **** out of his girlfriends and dogging in local carparks rather than commenting on who’s 'out of shape’. silly *****.’ Lordy.

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