Kelly Sotherton smashes her TV after Mathieu Flamini concedes penalty against Barcelona

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When Mathieu Flamini conceded a penalty just 47 seconds after coming on as a substitute, many Arsenal fans will have tried to control their anger.

The converted penalty in the 82nd minute saw Barcelona go 2-0 up and pretty much guaranteed Arsenal’s exit from the competition.

One Arsenal fan who couldn’t disguise her anger was Olympic bronze medalist Kelly Sotherton.

The former heptathlete admitted that she smashed her TV when Flamini brought down Lionel Messi in the penalty area.

Sotherton immediately tweeted “Just smashed up the TV #AFCvFCB.”

Jamie Fox, a coach for Great Britain's summer athletes then fooled thousands on social media by tweeting a fake picture of a remote control hanging out of a TV screen.

Fox tweeted: “Just watching the Arsenal with @KellySotherton and she lost it at the penalty.”

Despite needing an expensive trip to Curry’s in the near future, Sotherton saw the funny side of Fox's fake picture.

Sotherton often stated that javelin was the least favourite event in the heptathlon and wishes she threw the javelin with the same power that she threw her remote with.

Sotherton earned bronze for Great Britain at the 2004 Athens Olympics while winning gold in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

She was in-line to compete at the 2012 London Games but announced her retirement after failing to recover in time from back surgery.

Many Arsenal fans will be able to relate to Sotherton’s anger after they fell to a disappointing round of 16 defeat to Barcelona.

Manger Arsene Wenger admitted that the club now have a 5% chance of qualifying after the home loss. If the Gunners do fail to qualify, it will be the sixth consecutive season that the club have been knocked out at this stage of the competition.

Crucial run of fixtures

Sotherton should probably hold back on buying another TV just yet - or at least hide the remotes during future Arsenal matches.

That’s because her side face some crucial fixtures in the coming weeks as they compete for glory on three fronts.

Arsenal currently sit third in the league, two points adrift of league leaders Leicester and they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The following weekend they travel to north London rivals Tottenham in a title crunch match with both teams level on points in the Premier League.

Three days later they face Hull in their FA Cup fifth round replay before the second-leg of their Champions League tie against Barcelona.

Let’s hope Sotherton takes out insurance on her next TV...

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