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  Wednesday, 4 December, 2002, 12:46 GMT
Funny old round-up
Bobby Charlton in his playing days
Charlton's comb-over triumphed over the mullet
BBC Sport Online picks out some of the quirky, offbeat or plain daft stories doing the rounds.


Comb-over one, mullet nil

Chris Waddle is coming to terms with the news that his infamous mullet is NOT the worst haircut in history.

The Bobby Charlton-style comb-over has just been voted number one hairstyle disaster in a recent poll.

Members of the mullet brigade must settle for second, with the pudding bowl haircut coming in third.

Carlos Valderrama
I can't believe Bobby Charlton won
The rat's tail cut - as worn by Roberto "Divine Ponytail" Baggio - is fourth, but the male perm made famous by Kevin Keegan does not feature.

The good news for David Beckham is that his crimes against coiffure have been far less serious than his fashion gaffes.

The worst haircut Beckham has managed to sport - according to the 1,000 people surveyed by Brylcreem - is the floppy curtains effect, which came fifth.


Stack turns defence into attack

Arsenal reserve goalkeeper Graham Stack has won cult status at Belgian club Beveren - after thumping a supporter from rivals Royal Antwerp.

Stack was subjected to abuse and missile throwing during the game, and a number of Antwerp fans ran on to the pitch to confront him at the final whistle.

"Out of nowhere, I saw all these fans running at me," Stack told The Sun.

"I could see someone running at me and it was obvious he wasn't going to stop. I swung at him out of self-defence."

If only Stack's mentor David Seaman was as good at standing up to rampaging attackers.


Shall we call it a draw?

A referee in Belgium caused a stir by ending a game early because he felt sorry for the losing team.

Marc Gevaert blew for time after 86 minutes as FC Wiftschate trailed Vladslo 16-0 because he was worried someone might get sent off.

"After an hour at a score of 11-0, the players of Wijtschate came to beg me to end the game," Gavaert told Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.

"Near the end, when the score was 16-0, they became so frustrated they started to kick the Vladslo players for nothing and played mad tricks at them.

"I felt so sorry for them. And I didn't want to send off the boys so that's why I ended the game early."

If only West Ham had it so lucky.

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