Alan Pardew’s comment about Michael Essien from 2009 is still just as shocking now

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Whether you love him or hate him, Alan Pardew has provided plenty of entertainment over the past 10-15 years.

There’s a whole section on his Wikipedia page dedicated to his controversial moments, including his touchline scuffle with Arsene Wenger, pushing an official, calling Manuel Pellegrini a “f***ing old c***” during a match, and headbutting Hull City player David Meyler.

The Premier League just wouldn’t be the same without Pards.

Another entry in the ‘Controversies’ section involves his infamous appearance on Match of the Day 2 back in March 2009.

He’s never been invited back on the MOTD 2 sofa and when you watch the footage below, you’ll understand why.

Pardew's comment about Essien is still shocking now

Pardew was analysing the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Manchester City when he made a comment that is still shocking now, nine years after it was uttered on live TV.

While praising the performance of Michael Essien, we saw the Chelsea midfielder win possession with a tackle and then outmuscle Ched Evans before playing a pass upfield.

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“Gets up, shows power,” Pardew said, before adding: “Ched Evans, who’s a strong boy, knocks him off like he ain’t there - absolutely rapes him - then plays that ball into the striker.”

Oh God.

Watch the awkward footage here

Watch it here…

Nothing was said by either the show’s host, Adrian Chiles, or Pardew’s fellow pundit, Alan Hansen.

They either thought he’d said something different or hoped no viewers had picked up on it - which was obviously never going to be the case.

Remarkably, only 35 members of the public made an official complaint after Pardew’s horrible choice of words.

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Pardew later apologised

Pardew, via a statement released by the BBC, swiftly apologised.

"Alan Pardew apologises unconditionally for any offence caused by remarks he made in the Match of the Day 2 programme last night."


But the damage had been done and Pardew’s Match of the Day career was over before it had even properly begun.

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