Hair pulling has been a topic of conversation in football in recent weeks.
Leicester’s Robert Huth gave Marouane Fellaini’s afro a little tug during their match with Manchester United earlier this month which saw the Belgian swing two elbows in the direction of the defender.
It led to a three-match ban being issued to both players and led Louis van Gaal to make a bizarre statement about sex machoism.
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“When you see what Huth is doing to Fellaini, that’s a penalty,” said Van Gaal, before turning on the reporter. “Shall I grab you by your hair?
“What is your reaction when I grab your hair? Your hair is shorter than Fellaini but, when I do that, what are you doing then? It’s a reaction.
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“Every human being who is grabbed by the hair, only with sex masochism, then it is allowed but not in other situations. They did it. They did it several times I think.
“Huth was the guy who grabbed the hair of Fellaini. I think the reaction of Fellaini is like a human being.”
However, the Dutch boss proved himself that not everyone that has their hair tugged lashes out. During a little confrontation with Slaven Bilic, the United manager had the back of his hair pulled by the opposition boss.
Bilic did it jokingly and it was pretty funny from the Croatian.
While Van Gaal may have seen the funny side of it, with the scores level at 2-2 at the time, he certainly won’t be amused right now.
He saw his side throw away a 2-1 lead to lose 3-2 at the final match at the Boleyn Ground. A win would have put them one point ahead of Manchester City in fourth with just one match remaining - a home fixture against Bournemouth.
Instead, their defeat means they now need to beat Bournemouth and hope that Manchester City lose away to Swansea on the final day to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
While this incident was light-hearted, not everything on the night was so well spirited.
The kick-off had to be delayed after West Ham supporters bombarded the United team coach with bottles, smashing parts of it and prevented them from reaching the stadium in time.
But on the pitch, the encounter was a pulsating one for the neutral. The Hammers dominated the opening 45 minutes and could have easily been more than one goal ahead at the interval.
But the Red Devils fought back and looks to be leapfrogging City into fourth place after Anthony Martial's brace. But headers from Michail Antonio and Winston Reid swung the match back in West Ham's favour and left Van Gall pulling his own hair out.