El-Hadji Diouf, Senegal’s 2002 World Cup poster boy was a man of many transgressions. Earlier in his professional career, Sochaux was forced to sell him off to Rennes because his sins were many.
At another time, while playing for Bolton Wanderers in the EPL, his manager Sam Allardyce revealed that he was considering sending the troublesome footballer to see a sports psychologist.
Below are Diouf’s top five moments of madness in his professional football career.
1. El-Hadji Diouf—Football’s Ultimate Spitting Machine
Diouf curved a career out of spitting at others when he moved to England. While warming up to come on for Liverpool against West ham in 2002, he was accused of spitting at fans. He also spat at Celtic fans in a televised UEFA Cup semi-final in March 2003. He was then fined £5,000 by UEFA.
He also spat at an 11 year old Middlesbrough fan and in the face of Portsmouth player Arjan de Zeeuw on 27th November 2004 and at Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks in February 2012.
2. Driving offenses
While at Rennes, Diouf drove without a license and also crashed the car he was driving. He was sentenced to community service. In April 2010 while playing at Blackburn, he was charged with two motoring offenses by the authorities in Manchester.
3. Racially Abusing a Ball-boy
On 20th September 2009, Diouf was questioned by Police for racially abusing a ball-boy after he told the little guy that: “f*** off, white boy”.
4. Taunting a Player who had broken a Leg
After Blackburn’s 1-0 win over QPR in which QPR player Jamie Mackie broke his leg, it was alleged that Diouf said nasty things to the player as he lay on the ground in agony. QPR manager Neil Warnock referred to Diouf as being “lower than the low” and then adding that he was “lower than a sewer rat”, other QPR players weighed in calling Diouf all sorts of things from “scambag” to “nasty little person”.
5. Knocking People out at Night club
Diouf had game even off the pitch. In April 2012 he and five others were arrested in connection with a nightclub fracas where one man was seriously injured. Diouf had to be bailed out of Police custody.