'Sockgate' not a big deal, says Reading FC captainBy Jonny Fordham
December 15, 2011
Jimmy Kebe's ‘sock antics’ during Reading’s win against West Ham United on Saturday has prompted a number of football phone-ins this week.
After the Royals winger stopped in the middle of play with the ball at his feet to fiddle with his socks, Hammers midfielder Jack Collison took exception and launched into him with a studs-up tackle and was subsequently sent off.
A number of ex-professionals have criticised Kebe with BBC pundit Steve Claridge concluding: “It’s disrespectful towards the opposition and to start taking the mick at that stage of the game is unecessary.
“It doesn’t suprise me that it’s not an English player that has done it.”
However, Royals skipper Jobi McAnuff believes that people are making too much out of it all.
He said: “It’s been blown out of proportion. I think if we had played a side lower down in the table, not as much would have been made out of it.
“For us, we’re just concentrating on what was a great performance and a great win. We will let everyone else talk about it and form their own opinions.
“If you watch Jimmy it is something he does generally. I guess if you haven’t seen it before you would take it a different way.
“So from out point of view, knowing all of that – he’s always fiddling with is socks and that’s why we’re not looking at it as out of character or something he hasn’t done before.
“A lot of other stuff has happened with more high profile players and it gets looked on in a different light.
"I can understand why West Ham got frustrated, but you can never react in that way.”