The worst excuses in sport

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Another Clasico and another defeat for Jose Mourinho and his Real Madrid side.

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But what was the cause of their defeat? The superior ability of the opposition, Pep Guardiola's wise tactics or simply that Barcelona scored more goals? Well, it was none of those, but actually a lack of ball-boys.

An original excuse from the master of the spoken word, but it's not the first one to leave the mouth of a sportsman.

So here, we take a look at the best Shaggy impersonators in sport, those who passed the buck and claimed 'it wasn't me' with some classic excuses.

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