Eric Cantona almost attacked policeman after Man United crashed out of UCL

Eric Cantona almost attacked policeman after Man United crashed out of UCL

- Eric Cantona tried attacking a policeman after Man United crashed out of Champions League in 1993

- Galatasaray dumped the Red Devils out on away goal rule

- The Frenchman was furious with the referee after refusing to add extra minutes to the game

- Cantona's rage made the policeman hit him with a truncheon

Eric Cantona got extremely angry after Manchester United were dumped out of the UEFA Champions League by Galatasaray.

The Turkish side got the better of the Red Devils on away goals rule after playing 3-3 at Old Trafford following their goalless draw in the reverse fixture in 1993.

After the final whistle sounded, the Frenchman took on the center referee Karl Rothlisberger to express his displeasure and his action birthed chaos on the pitch.

The 53-year-old protested against the match official about the lack of extra time - an action that led to him being handed a straight red card.

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SunSport recounts that most of the players were led off the pitch, but Cantona accompanied by a policeman, and violence was said to have broken out in the tunnel involving the Frenchman and Bryan Robson with a number of Turks.

In the new book King Eric: Portrait of the Artist who changed English football and serialised in the Daily Mirror, Roy Keane said: "In the dressing room Eric went crazy.

"He was determined to go back outside to sort out the rogue cop who'd been wielding his truncheon.

"Eric was a big, strong lad. He was serious. He insisted he was going to kill 'that f****r'.

"It took the combined efforts of the manager, (assistant) Brian Kidd and a few of the players to restrain him.

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"Normally I wouldn't have backed off a fight but even I wasn't up for this one. There were a lot of Turks out there!"

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On his part, Cantona said: "What annoyed me most is that I was hit on the head with a truncheon by a policeman, the sort of fellow who sends you to prison for being out of work, or when you are hungry and you go and steal a bar of chocolate from the supermarket.

"Of course, I was upset at being knocked out of the European Cup, at the spoiling tactics of the opponents, at the fact that no stoppage time was added, and by being given the red card after the game had ended.

"But, above all, I had been hit from behind by that s*** of a Turkish policeman. Maybe we’ll bump into each other again some time!"

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Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester United icon Eric Cantona could be making a remarkable return to the Old Trafford club as reports say the club top shots are planning on bringing him back for an ambassadorial role, Daily Mail reports.

The Frenchman is arguably the most idolised legend at the club as United ponder on bringing him back to join other club legends including Denis Irwin and Bryan Robson who are already ambassadors.

The return of 'King Eric' would be a massive return for fans as he is regarded as one of the greatest signings of Sir Alex Ferguson.

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