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14 Jun 2018

Tennis great Pat Cash says 'real men don't play football'

Aussie tennis legend angers football fans

Australian tennis legend Pat Cash has left the football fraternity and fans stunned after taking a swipe at the sport.

Cash tweeted that Australian Rules (a form of contact sport) and not football is a real man's sport.

Pat Cash also highlighted the achievements of Australian Rules star player Shaun Burgoyne.

This comes on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

In context

Aussie tennis legend angers football fans

What did Pat Cash tweet?

Fans take to social media sites to hit back

Hitting back

Fans take to social media sites to hit back

Fans across social media sites have criticized the former tennis legend and have hit back at his claim.

Football fans asked him to show respect to the Australian national football team.

Australia start their campaign against France, in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, on Saturday.

Some fans also took a personal dig at the player and the sport he represented.

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Who is Shaun Burgoyne?

The 35-year-old Shaun is an Australian Rules footballer and currently plays for Hawthorn Football Club.

He has 32 final appearances- second most by an AFL footballer.

He is considered as one of the greatest players in Australian Rules.

He would play his 350th game this weekend.

Australian football is played in an oval shaped field with 18 players a side with an oval ball.

All about Australia's campaign in 2018 FIFA World Cup

Australia start their proceedings against France on Saturday in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The match is scheduled at 3:30 PM IST. They face Denmark next on June 21 before taking on Peru on June 26. All matches will be telecast on Sony Ten network.

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