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Celtic player leaves pitch in agony after being grabbed in the balls

Clash rekindled memories of that iconic moment between Vinnie Jones and Paul Gascoigne

You don’t see this every day.

Celtic star Eboue Kouassi left the pitch in agony today after being grabbed in the privates by Hearts forward Steven MacLean.

The clash mirrored the infamous incident between Vinnie Jones and Paul Gascoigne.

Steven MacLean grabs Eboue Kouassi’s privates

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Steven MacLean grabs Eboue Kouassi’s privates

Ivorian Kouassi was marking MacLean at a corner when the Jambos star reached round and clenched his fist around Kouassi’s testicles.

Kouassi was already in some discomfort after landing awkwardly when challenging for a header earlier in the first half of the Betfred Cup semi-final.

He went off soon after the incident – being replaced by Scott Sinclair – and was shown holding his privates while in obvious pain.

For his part, MacLean looked to have a bit of a hot head during the game.

Kouassi showed the officials where he had been handled

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Kouassi showed the officials where he had been handled

The Celtic star fell to the floor in agony and then was subbed off

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The Celtic star fell to the floor in agony and then was subbed off

The famous photo from when Vinnie Jones grabbed Paul Gascoigne’s privates

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The famous photo from when Vinnie Jones grabbed Paul Gascoigne’s privates

He was booked in the first minute following a challenge on Mikael Lustig.

Astonishingly, match officials missed MacLean’s blatant grab despite his victim falling to the floor in pain.

MacLean now could face retrospective action is the compliance officer decides to investigate.

The iconic image of Jones grabbing Gazza’s meat and two veg came from when Wimbledon hosted Newcastle at Plough Lane back in February 1988.


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