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Who should be Sports Villain of the Year 2012? - open thread

27th November 2012

Singling out the Olympians for more praise will only ruin them, so we should even things up by ridiculing the sporting miscreants

The BBC will host a glittering party on December 16 to celebrate the great and the greatest of British sport in 2012. But which of the 12 nominees for the Sports Personality of the Year award really needs more praise and adulation?

Exalting the Olympians with more garlands and flatter could take them further from reality and closer to the status of professional footballers. Instead of giving accolades to sporting stars who have already achieved their wildest dreams, we ought to bring down and ridicule the villains of the year – those overpaid and underperforming athletes who have disappointed in the last 12 months.

Bradley Wiggins has already won the Tour de France and he’s sick of all the attention anyway. Rory McIlroy has the US PGA Championship to keep him warm over the long winter nights. Jessica Ennis became the nation’s darling and turned her Olympic gold into a reported £5 million cash cow. Mo Farah has two Olympic golds and could be immortalised in the Oxford English Dictionary for his “Mobot” celebration. None of these stars needs another award.

For all the joy of 2012, this year threw up some great villains. Lance Armstrong stands out as a frontrunner. John Terry and Sepp Blatter make the list by virtue of their continued existence. Roman Abramovich made a late push for his inclusion by sacking Roberto Di Matteo. And Joey Barton upheld his devotion to villainy by critiquing French football in a silly French accent. What about Luiz Adriano’s blatant rejection of fair play in the Champions League, the controversial tweeting of Conservative MP Aidan Burley or the pacifism of boxer Dereck Chisora?

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