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5 incredibly weird contract clauses in football

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On this list and not with the most emblematic of clauses

Footballing contracts are like marriage certificates but if only marriage certificates were as brittle. That analogy would have made more sense in the 1980s or the 1970s. The race to sign players down to new contracts is an annual festival and like in every festival, there are always weird fireworks. 

The sport has encouraged players to agree to a weird list of contract clauses throughout history. Some have been downright unacceptable while others have been silly – yet affirmative: all in the spirit of tying down players to longer or new contracts in good spirit. 

Here’s looking at five contract clauses that turned heads and make you wonder whether humans have ever evolved in the past few centuries: 


#5 The One With The Sheep Testicles

Spencer Prior (R) before the days of him eating sheep testicles

Cardiff’s former owner Sam Hamman has quite the reputation in football but it’s also perhaps also because of clauses he’s inserted into contracts: like the one into Spencer Prior’s contract. 

The Englishman signed the contract which said he had to eat a Lebanese delicacy which involved two testicles slowly cooked. Hamman, however, was little accommodating. He allowed Prior to eat the dish with a pinch of salt, a dash of lemon and a little parsley. 

Prior, amazingly, followed through on the request and ate an entire plate placed in front of him. It would later be revealed that the Englishman did, in fact, have a plate of slow-cooked chicken made to look 'different’.

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