Bans, diving, drink-driving and spitting: The many misdemeanors of El-Hadji Diouf
Younger readers would be forgiven for thinking El-Hadji Diouf's first names were 'controversial striker' as the Senegalese forward has been involved in more than his fair share of trouble over the years.
This latest misdemeanor is of course just one in a long line of naughtiness that goes back to his earliest days in football.
MirrorFootball's Joe Mardon charts his top 10 blunders.
1) Community-minded Diouf
Diouf was sentenced to community service as youngster at Rennes for crashing his car and injuring a woman. His case was not helped by the fact he did not have a driving licence at the time.
2) Diouf against the machine
A four game international ban awaited Senegalese Diouf, after he unleashed a tirade of abuse against a referee at the African Nations tournament in 2004.
3) Phlegmy Diouf
Diouf's failure to keep his saliva to himself has landed him in hot water numerous times. He has been in trouble for spitting while playing for Liverpool, Bolton and Blackburn, collecting hefty fines and suspensions along the way. The most innocent recipient of Diouf's spittle was perhaps an 11 year old Middlesbrough fan in 2004. Rank.
4) Diving Diouf
Diouf's diving was brought to our attention for Bolton's winning goal against Blackburn in 2005. His own manager, Sam Allardyce was damming in his verdict, "He's been doing it all his life," he conceded.
5) Drink Driving Diouf
Having now gained his driving licence, Diouf was to lose it for a year in December, 2005, after being found guilty of drink driving.
6) Punch and Dioufy
John Terry's speciality is of course sleeping with his team-mates' wives. Diouf prefers (allegedly) punching them. In 2006, he was released without charge following allegations he had punched the ex-wife of Senegal team-mate Khalilou Fadiga whilst partying in Dakar nightclub. Surprisingly no-one cashed in with 'Team Fadiga' t-shirts though.
7) Sneaky Diouf
Diouf admitted to getting himself sent off whilst playing for Bolton in 2007. He did so knowing that a domestic suspension would mean he was available to play for Senegal.
8) Bust-up Diouf
A changing room altercation at Sunderland led to Diouf threatening Anton Ferdinand. He was sold to Blackburn three days later.
9) Smokescreen Diouf
In September 2009, Diouf was accused of calling an Everton ball boy 'White Boy'. He said he was reacting to having banana's thrown at him, although nobody else could see any bananas...
10) Diouf and tumble
Diouf was sent off for a two footed lunge in January 2010, assisting Blackburn's FA Cup demise in the FA Cup at Villa Park. The victim of the tackle was international team mate, and so called 'friend' Habib Beye. With friends like Diouf...