Former Manchester United shot-stopper Fabien Barthez has gone viral on social media after his 's***housery' resurfaced.
Jubilant Red Devils fans shared a video of Barthez, who played for United between 2000 and 2004, gearing up to stop a spot-kick. Fulham had welcomed United to Craven Cottage in 2002 when Steed Malbranque had the chance to convert from the spot.
However, before the Frenchman could take the penalty, Barthez decided to clean the mud off his boots on the post, letting Malbranque wait to take the spot kick. Barthez was booked for time-wasting, but that was quickly forgotten when he batted away the penalty.
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One fan joked: "Wouldn’t get away with this nowadays!"
"Had moments of brilliance, but generally he was very overrated," a second added. While a third tweeted: "But Erik ten Hag cries about Newcastle using 'the dark arts'!"
"King of 'how to disturb your opponent'," a fourth joked. And another tweeted: "He also loved to drop a few clangers, absolute headcase of a man!"
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However, Fulham assistant boss Christian Damiano wasn't too impressed: "[The ref] whistled and the goal was empty but Steed was correct and he waited even though he could have shot at the goal. It was the first time he has missed a penalty and, yes, the waiting put him off a little bit.
"Barthez tried to take his time and disturb the attention of Malbranque. When the referee whistles, you can shoot, but Barthez put trouble on Malbranque."
Before he added: "You might say it's cheating, I don't know."
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