Eric Cantona: “Kung fu kick was highlight of my career”

March 4, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has declared that his famous hooligan attack was the best moment of his career and gave him “a great feeling.”

Eric Cantona: “Kung fu kick was highlight of my career”

The footballer told the BBC how much he secretly enjoyed delivering a two-footed lunge to Crystal palace fan Matthew Simmons during a 1995 match after being verbally abused by him.

He explained: “When I did the kung fu kick on the hooligan, because these kind of people don’t have to be at the game… It’s like a dream for some, you know sometimes to kick these kind of people.

“So I did it for [the fans]. So they are happy. It’s kind of a freedom for them.

“It’s a great feeling, but different.

“But I have seen so many players scoring goals, they know this kind of feeling.

“This one – a player jumping and kicking a hooligan – it’s not the kind of thing you see every day.”

However, the now-retired player insisted he would not recommend others copy him.

He said: “No it was a mistake. But that’s life. That’s me.

“I don’t care about the past. It was a great memory but I don’t want to think about it. I want to look forward.”

Video: Watch Cantona’s famous ‘kung fu’ kick

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