Englands randy World Cup footballers complained to FIFA about pixelated porn

England players at the 2002 World Cup complained about the ‘pixelated’ porn in Japan, according to an incredible anecdote from television presenter Nick Hancock.

Sven Goran Eriksson’s side reached the quarter-finals of the competition where they were eventually beaten by eventual winners Brazil. Despite Ronaldinho getting sent off for a clumsy lunge on Danny Mills, the Three Lions never looked like troubling the Brazilians when they were trailing 2-1.

Taking on the likes of Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos and Cafu is an ominous proposition at the best of times. But when you thought the stacks were already against the Three Lions, they also had to somehow cope with the horror of 'pixelated' pornography.

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“When I went to the 2002 World Cup, I was on a train with Chris England and we met a bloke, who was sat there on his own,” Hancock said on the ‘What the F*** is going on? With Mark Steel’ podcast. “He was sat there and we didn’t have any tickets for the England game, and he was on his own, clearly English, with a suit.

“I said, ‘I bet that suitcase is full of tickets’ in the way that you do, when you make up little stories about people. We went over, and it turned out that, yes, he worked for FIFA and, yes, it was full of tickets for the England game.

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“We found out that his job was ‘player comfort’ so he would go from camp, to camp, to camp, all the trainee areas, checking all the players had everything they wanted. He said ‘it’s been fantastic, we’ve only had one complaint across all of the countries’.

“He said it was from the England camp and we had one hand written complaint, and it was posted, and it was ‘the porn is pixelated’. ‘The porn is pixelated!’

“This was the biggest problem any player had in the famously fascinating but difficult to get on with country, that is Japan, this was the main thing.”

England's randy players will suffer similar struggles in Qatar this winter, with pornography being completely illegal in the country.

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