Football: Trouble & Knife; Sport on TV

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FRANK Lampard's unfortunate experience at the end of Chelsea's FA Cup victory at Spurs (Sky Sports 1) was bad news in more ways than one.

First and foremost, of course, it is not a good thing to have some half-witted moron who can't handle his drink jumping over the barrier and taking a swing at a player.

And that is true no matter how over the top the celebrations are, or how bare-chested (and hairless) the player is.

Studio pundit Jamie Redknapp was spot-on when he said that anyone who does this should face a jail sentence. The pitch invading that is, not shaving your body hair.

I know a number of not entirely balanced West Ham fans who would gladly perform a couple hundred hours of community service for the chance to give the Smooth-Skinned One a clump. But not go to prison.

Anyway, the other reason it was bad news is that an almost forgotten football cliche reared up and was used almost incessantly for two days on TV and radio. …