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Cantona Interview with BBC

Fri, Mar 4, 2011

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Eric Cantona spoke to the BBC’s Dan Walker on Football Focus.

As well as talking about his new role with the New York Cosmos, Cantona touches on that infamous night at Selhurst Park.

The extended 10-minute interview can be seen in Football Focus on Saturday from 1215 on BBC One, so be sure not to miss it.

As promised by EricCantona.com, here are some excerpts from that interview!

Cantona talks about why he lashed out at Matthew Simmons, who still draws the ire of Cantona fans all over the World.

“When I did the kung-fu on the hooligan,” he said, “I did it because these kind of people don’t have to be in the game.

“I think maybe it’s like a dream for some people – to kick these kinds of people. So I did it for them. So then they are happy.

“It’s a kind of freedom for them. So I speak about that. Maybe they felt it. Something special, physically.”

Cantona conceded it was a mistake to allow his feelings to take control, resulting in an 8 month ban from football, but he added:

“I’ve seen so many players scoring goals. They know this kind of feeling, but this one? A player jump and kick a hooligan? It’s not the kind of thing you see every day.

“But, that’s life. That’s me. You take it or not. I’m strong enough to come back.”

Cantona also confessed that he does not know where any of his football medals are.

“I don’t care about the past. It was great but I don’t want to think about it. I want to look forward,” he said.

“I don’t know where my medals are. Nothing. No shirt. Nothing.

“I played for France 45 times. We got two shirts for every game, so that’s 90. I don’t have even one.

“You can feel very quickly a prisoner of your past. Of your memories. I prefer to be free and think about tomorrow.”

Finally, on the dying question every Manchester United fan wants to know about whether he would return to Manchester United.

“He is one of the greatest of all time all around the world. For more than 20 years he has stayed at the same club with different generations of players.

“I admire him. He is a great psychologist. he adapts himself to all generations of players. He is a kind of genius.

“I learned from him, but now I am a free bird with my own wings. Now I am involved with New York Cosmos.

“But we will see in the future.”

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. britgirl Says:

    As a lifelong Chelsea supporter I can only say that Eric was one of the finest players to have graced the game & is still one of the hottest men!

  2. soraya Says:

    I like Eric Cantona, for all my family is one of the best!!!!I’ve got some pictures with Cantona and my two lovely sons when they were little and playing football. cantona gave Great Inspiration to my son Amine who is now playing football in Dallas looking for club to take him!!! I hope my son will find his way on football like Cantona!!!

  3. soraya Says:

    I hope one day, Amine’s dream will be true, he will play in New york Cosmos and he will meet Cantona as he met him for the first time in Manchester when he was only 11 years old. Thank you Cantona for being so kind and so great with the kids at that time!!!!
    Amine’s Mum

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