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Freddie Flintoff's stunning 'f***ing p***k' attack on Atherton

June 22, 2012 - London

Launching a foul-mouthed attack on Michael Atherton, former England all rounder Andrew Flintoff has sparked a cricketing row by labelling the former Lancashire team-mate a "f***ing p***k".

Flintoff, speaking to the London Evening Standard at a Sky TV party on Tuesday, criticised Atherton's work as a Sky commentator and cricket correspondent for The Times newspaper.

"He's a p***k," said Flintoff.

"He's a f***ing p***k. He sits there making judgments about players that are much better than he ever was, believe me, he's a p***k.

"How can he talk about a player like Alastair Cook who is 10 times the player he ever was - he has a much bigger average and will go on and on. Atherton averaged in the 30s for England and yet he thinks he can judge others," The Mirror quoted him, as saying.

When reminded that he was making these comments to a journalist, Flintoff replied: "I don't care. Say what you like. There's no love lost there."

Atherton had previously criticised Flintoff while writing for the Daily Telegraph.

In 2006, Atherton wrote in his column: "The only positive benefit of the injury to Flintoff may be the end of his immediate captaincy ambitions.

"I don't subscribe to the view that England's underperformance against Sri Lanka was entirely down to Flintoff's captaincy but equally I have never subscribed to the view that he is the man for the job."


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