French footballer Cantona bids adieu
1997 - French striker Eric Cantona retired from professional football, his club Manchester United announced. Cantona, 31, has had a moderate season with United, although the club retained the English Premier League title, their fourth league triumph in five seasons. Cantona has had a colourful history in his years with the club, most famously in 1995 when he took a flying kick at a Crystal Palace fan and ended up in court. Club chairman Martin Edwards announced Cantona’s retirement at a hastily-arranged news conference at the club’s Old Trafford ground. Cantona was not at the news conference but the club read a statement on his behalf. “I’ve played professional football for 13 years, which is a long time. I now wish to do other things,” the statement read.
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