Former Celtic footballer Chris Sutton has drawn the ire of football fans across Asia after he referred to the AFC Asian Cup 2019 as ‘Mickey Mouse football!’
The Chelsea flop was on television giving his two cents on Celtic forward Tom Rogic being called up by Australia for the AFC Asian Cup which meant that he will miss the Scottish side’s crunch Old Firm derby against the Rangers.
“The thing which has upset me a bit is the Tom Rogic situation and him not being able to play against Rangers,” Sutton said. “They don’t need Tom Rogic to thump Jordan, absolutely not.”
“They don’t need Tom Rogic to thump Jordan!”
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 23, 2018
“There’s a lot of Scottish football fans thinking the Socceroos should shove their (beer) somewhere where the sun doesn’t shine. It’s not on. It’s Mickey Mouse football. Stick to your prawns and your barbecues,” said Sutton, who won a single cap for England in his career.
Rogic is expected to link up with the Socceroos in Dubai on December 27 before the country’s Asian Cup opener against Jordan in the United Arab Emirates on January 6. Meanwhile, Celtic are to take on Rangers on December 29.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers had earlier asked the Football Federation Australia to do the “sensible” thing by allowing Rogic to play the derby before joining the training camp.
However, Sutton’s latest comments have not pleased the Socceroos and Asian football fans in general. And they took to social media to make their displeasure heard.
Here are some of the comments that followed!
Scots aren’t used to having a national team that wins anything.
— West Sydney Football (@WestSydney) December 23, 2018
Calling Australian Football Mickey Mouse is rich from a Mickey Mouse League.
— Matthew Cardamone (@carders85) December 23, 2018
But rich coming from a country whose fixture list reads Albania, Israel, Kazakhstan, Cyprus and San Marino and will probably lose a couple of those! 😂
— Russ Gibbs (@RussGibbs10) December 24, 2018
Some thought the the Scottish club were burning bridges with comments like those.
Sutton and McCoist looking like the parochial trough snouters they are here. Rogic was allowed an extension by the Socceroos to stay for the Boxing Day game. Future favours unlikely with ignorant comments like this.
— ScozzieProst (@PerthMcNeela) December 23, 2018
Among the people Sutton managed to annoy was also Australia international Erik Paartalu who currently plays for Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League.
Poor comments, unfortunately it shows how narrow minded some r when it comes 2 football across the globe and the naivity people have towards football in Asia! Pretty sure the @afcasiancup and representing ur country 4 any match is more important than a league game in Scotland.
— ErikPaartalu (@ErikPaartalu) December 24, 2018
In the end, it looks like the former England international has shot himself in the foot here!
— Daniel (@Scarrzey) December 23, 2018