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(The Sun)   British soccer team's new uniforms banned by the league because they carry the slogan "The Referee's a Wanker" (pic)   (thesun.co.uk) divider line 38
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2006-09-14 01:52:11 AM
What if the referee is a wanker? Why are they trying to ban free speech? Have the slogans on Velcro. If the ref is being good they can take them off. If the ref is in fact being a wanker, they can put them back on. Problem solved and everyone is happy.
 
2006-09-14 05:40:02 AM
I've always liked "The referee's a wanker". It has a nice rhythm to it.

Crosshair: What if the referee is a wanker?

Then maybe we should get him a girlfriend.
 
2006-09-14 05:59:24 AM
What if the referee is a wanker?
Odds are good he is.

My football(soccer) experince over here in the UK has been somewhat limited, and (for reasons to boring to explain) have largely involved Milwall games... which means this chant is one I'm very familiar with.

I remember one game where even I, a rugby fan and complete soccer novice, could see that the ref was usless or ignorant, as he missed several major events on both sides... At the end of the game he and the other game officials were escorted off the field by about 8 or 10 of the old Bill...
 
2006-09-14 06:00:23 AM
God I love British football leagues... ("soccer" for 'muricans)
 
2006-09-14 06:05:35 AM
Wanker is considered a bad enough word in the UK that they'd censor it in the article and on the shirts? I knew it was semi-vulgar slang, but I didn't know it ranked up with the biggies. FARK has taught me something today.
 
2006-09-14 06:09:00 AM
I wouldn't put it on a shirt though, kind of slims the odds of the ref deciding in your favor. The insults are best when chanted by over 10,000 people in a stadium. As long as it's not racist. Makes a hell of a Sunday afternoon for me!
 
2006-09-14 06:13:58 AM
Deserves 'Hero' tag.
 
2006-09-14 06:30:39 AM
that is seriously farking awesome. Reminds me of my mates basketball team "muff"
 
2006-09-14 06:31:57 AM
Harsh,

"the referee's a wanker!" is a common chant by the fans when they feel hard-done-by. As is "Who's the wanker in the black?". Referees have a hard enough time as it is without kits encouraging it.

ghost_who_walks

The wheels on your house go round and round,
Round and round,
Round and round
etc.

Bring back memories?
 
2006-09-14 06:34:16 AM
HarshLanguage

Wanker is considered a bad enough word in the UK that they'd censor it in the article and on the shirts? I knew it was semi-vulgar slang, but I didn't know it ranked up with the biggies. FARK has taught me something today.


I get the impression that 'wanker' has a more generic meaning in the US - along the lines of 'twit' or 'fool'. Here in the UK, 'to wank' means to masturbate, specifically for a guy. Essentially the shirts were proclaiming that the ref likes to honour his own manliness in an unclean way. Or something along those lines.
This is not a good way to show respect for the official in charge of the game!
 
2006-09-14 06:39:19 AM
The last time I wanted to kick the livin' shiat out of a ref was in the Holland vs. Portugal match this year in the World Series. What a douche.
 
2006-09-14 06:47:04 AM
"The referee is a wanker" and other risque chants are the best part of the game for a spectator. Maybe the fans should have it printed on their shirts instead.
 
2006-09-14 07:02:41 AM
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Actual floor hockey team in Finland
 
2006-09-14 07:13:05 AM
Flashman73

I bet Carpell Tunnel beats the shiat out of them.
 
2006-09-14 07:25:16 AM
You're off! ... referee Kevin Barlow gives Stamford's Warren Hill his 'marching orders'

I would like to be the first to say that those are some seriously handsome individuals there. Not an ounce of fat on those Americans.

err...
 
2006-09-14 07:35:05 AM
All referees masturbate...
 
2006-09-14 07:55:08 AM
But isn't the reason for the chant the "fact" that wanking makes you blind and the referee is clearly blind as the opposing team's striker was clearly offside, you blind piece of ....

Hence the referee is a wanker.

Maybe thinking about it too much.
 
2006-09-14 08:09:32 AM
How many people (referees or no) are *not* wankers? Seriously, who hasn't masturbated at least once in their life?
 
2006-09-14 08:21:08 AM
jshine: How many people (referees or no) are *not* wankers? Seriously, who hasn't masturbated at least once in their life?

I've always taken "wanker" to mean "one who is forced to wank nightly, in the absense of anyone willing to sleep with him". By that definition, wanker is a pretty grave insult. That may not be the dicitionary definition, but that's the way I've always heard it used.
 
2006-09-14 08:34:33 AM
Where can I get some jersies that say "Parents are Wankers" for my American football team? Of course half the asshats here would take it as a compliment.
 
2006-09-14 08:42:30 AM
cue famous attention whore pic.
 
2006-09-14 08:45:02 AM
Okay, fine. You can have that shirt. But every referee in the league gets new kit with the phrase "STAMBRIDGE UNITED ARE WHINING DIVING GIRLS PLAYING AGAINST MEN" printed white-on-black, back and front.

Free speech, fair's fair, all that.

/oh, changed your minds, did you?
//wankers
///when come back, bring pie
////if it's so easy, grab a whistle
//// indignant pentaslashie
 
2006-09-14 09:05:48 AM
jshine: How many people (referees or no) are *not* wankers? Seriously, who hasn't masturbated at least once in their life?

Wanker is 'Jerk' in English.

/i'm blind, i'm deaf, i wanna be a Ref
 
2006-09-14 09:15:54 AM
You see, we are all literal wankers, but some people (like refs and Leafs fans) are figurative wankers (jerks to Brits).
 
2006-09-14 09:31:29 AM
FTFA: The shirts have a red card strategically placed over the "a" in "W*nker".

What's the point in censoring the word after you've revealed the missing letter?
 
2006-09-14 09:35:25 AM
Flashman73

That sprem looks like he's trying to fertilize the ball.
 
2006-09-14 09:40:44 AM
The shirts have a red card strategically placed over the "a" in "W*nker".

Is anyone else having trouble finding the letter "a" in "W*nker"?
 
2006-09-14 09:40:44 AM
The shirts have a red card strategically placed over the "a" in "W*nker".

Is anyone else having trouble finding the letter "a" in "W*anker"?
 
2006-09-14 10:10:29 AM
The referee owns a wanker? What?

/Are they banned for bad grammar?
 
2006-09-14 10:40:38 AM
A Rope
A Tree
Let's Hang the Referee
 
2006-09-14 10:49:57 AM
eskimeaux: The referee owns a wanker? What?

/Are they banned for bad grammar?


One really only ought to smugly correct grammar when one is right.

You might have heard that once can use the "'s" contraction instead of the would "is", therefore they are saying the referee is a wanker.

Is there a problem with that?
 
2006-09-14 10:50:41 AM
Once? Obviously I met one.
 
2006-09-14 10:58:23 AM
NSFW Soccer Girl agrees, the ref is in fact a wanker.
 
2006-09-14 11:25:27 AM
What the hell do they know?
 
2006-09-14 01:50:34 PM
My personal favorite from my days in pep band is "THE REF BEATS HIS WIFE!"

\also liked "There's a hand on the ice!!" for the hockey games too...
 
2006-09-14 02:00:35 PM
YAWN..
 
2006-09-14 03:04:36 PM
Adelbert:I've always taken "wanker" to mean "one who is forced to wank nightly, in the absense of anyone willing to sleep with him". By that definition, wanker is a pretty grave insult. That may not be the dicitionary definition, but that's the way I've always heard it used.

Ahh... I just assumed it meant "one who wanks", but your definition would certainly be more insulting. I was also being a bit facetious -- perhaps a bit of a wanker, one might say...
 
2006-09-16 06:34:08 AM
97% of the UK's male population wanks anyway, so the insult in question is a lot less severe.

/present!
 
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