How Sheffield Wednesday turned down signing Eric Cantona

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Eric Cantona made his Leeds United debut in February 1992 - after Sheffield Wednesday allowed him to move to Elland Road.

Midway through the 1991/92 season, Cantona was banned from football for two months after throwing the ball at the referee during Nimes’ French league fixture against Saint-Etienne. He’d initially only been suspended for a month, before striding up to each member of the disciplinary panel and branding them idiots, one by one. The punishment was doubled, and Cantona announced his intention to quit football, at the age of just 25.

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Chris Flanagan
Senior Staff Writer

Chris joined FourFourTwo in 2015 and has reported from more than 20 countries, in places as varied as Ivory Coast and the Arctic Circle. He's interviewed Pele, Zlatan and Santa Claus (it's a long story), as well as covering the World Cup, AFCON and the Clasico. He previously spent 10 years as a newspaper journalist, and completed the 92 in 2017.