They're Pants

The Journal (Newcastle, England), May 17, 2005 | Go to article overview

They're Pants


Byline: By Hayley Beattie

Laurent Robert gave one of the best displays of the season at St James's Park on Sunday when he did an impromptu strip at the end of the game with Chelsea. However, as Hayley Beattie discovers, his choice of underwear was right off target.

Newcastle United's Laurent Robert's may have made an effective statement to his bosses with his striptease at the weekend ( but as a fashion statement it was distinctly disappointing.

The French winger decided to perform his strip after Sunday's 1-1 draw against Chelsea in what many thought was a farewell gesture by the player, who has had an unsettled season at St James' Park.

But the question many were asking after the game was not so much whether he will go or stay but was what on earth was he wearing under his shorts?

The grey, rather shabby looking briefs are definitely not something Newcastle women would allow their men to wear.

So what do they want? Think Arsenal's Freddie Ljunberg's adverts for a leading underwear brand, all toned stomach and tightly sculpted boxer shorts, and you would be hitting the mark.

Robert's rather more disappointing choice ( apparently standard issue for footballers ( was branded "unattractive," "baggy," "dirty," and "like something your mother would buy you" by a host of Newcastle's females.

Maybe he should have listened to that age old advice of mothers across the country and made sure he had worn a clean pair of underpants if his intention was to do a post match dress down.

Single Sarah Holmes 18, of Ashington, who works as a sales assistant in Newcastle, said she thought the pants were very unattractive and would definitely not be what she would want any future boyfriend to wear.

She said: "I definitely like to see men in boxer shorts.

"The colour of a man's underwear doesn't bother me too much but I wouldn't want nasty, grey ones like Laurent Robert's.

"Maybe they are his lucky pants."

Friends Vicky Holdstock 17, a student from Durham, and 19-year-old Laura Deegan, a telesales agent from Gateshead said they thought the Frenchman's pants looked like something he had owned for 30 years. …

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