A recent survey has found that football referees are not only averse to making poor decisions on the pitch, but also on the roads in their vehicles as well.
The survey found that 80% of football referees don’t have any no-claims bonus when it comes to their car insurance.
However, they are not the worst for on-the-road decisions it would seem, as a whopping 82% of boxers don’t have any no-claims bonus discount.
Others who made the survey included rally drivers on 77%, footballers on 75%, and close behind jockeys on 74%.
The UK average for not having any no-claims bonus discount is around 45%, yet the survey found that for those with a connection to sport, the figure rose to 66%.
Insurance firm The Trading Floor, which carried out the study, said, “A common reason for a person not to have any no-claims bonus is that they have had an accident in the last 12 months.
“Sportspeople have good co-ordination, so you’d think they’d make good drivers.
“But managers who moan about referees won’t be surprised they make bad decisions behind a wheel.”
Many sports stars have made headlines for poor decision making on the roads. In 2009 Cristiano Ronaldo smashed is £200,000 Ferrari into a barrier in a tunnel in Manchester whilst on the way to training.
In 2006 Dietar Hamann, Liverpool legend, crashed his £70,000 Porsche into a fence near Manchester airport. However Hamann made the poor decision to run from the scene. Police found him jogging a mile-and-a-half away from the scene at 3am in his dinner suit smelling of alcohol. Needless to say he was banned from driving for six months.
However the poorest road decision has to go to one of the greatest footballers of all time. Diego Maradona has always been at the centre of controversy, and so was the case when he crashed his jeep into a tourist bus. However the problem was that he had been travelling down a dual-carriageway on the wrong side of the road at the time.
By Ben Malkin
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