Geoff Shreeves ‘nearly took Sir Alex Ferguson’s eye out’ with champagne cork

Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves has recalled the time he almost blinded Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson with a champagne cork.

Shreeves has worked for the broadcaster on every Premier League season so far since its inception in 1992. For a lot of that time he had to deal with Fergie, who was the final boss of managers for journalists.

The 57-year-old had a few run-ins with him, as he has revealed in his new book Cheers, Geoff! Tales from the Touchline. He explained via The Sun how one very nearly ended in disaster.

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"I’m wrestling with this magnum of bubbly, with 'Champions' emblazoned on it," Shreeves began. "Three seconds before we go live, the cork flies out like an Exocet missile straight at Fergie, missing his right eye by millimetres.

"The first words our studio and audience hear is, 'Christ, Geoff, you could have taken my eye out'."

Sir Alex let that incident slide, but he almost came to blows with Shreeves on another occasion when he asked Cristiano Ronaldo if he'd dived to win a penalty in an FA Cup win over Middlesbrough.

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The Scot told him "you're f***ing bang out or order," to which Shreeves replied: "Don’t talk to me like that, I’m not one of your daft, young players."

Shreeves continued: "That saw the Ferguson red mist turn deep crimson. He launched himself at me physically, with only United’s head of communications, Di Law, who jumped between us, preventing a full confrontation."

Although Sir Alex told Shreeves "you're barred", he'd calmed down by the time of their next meeting and they carried on business as usual. The pair never fell out for long, with the former Red Devils boss giving Shreeves a friendly shoulder barge on the Old Trafford pitch after his last game in charge in 2013.


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