The verbals: sports quotes of 1994

`The people could all be shot with machine guns, for all I care'
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I detest public opinion. The people could all be shot by machine guns, for all I care. I'm the son of a factory owner, the elite. Eduardo Viana, Rio federation president, on allegations of corruption in Brazilian football.

It would be very unfair on Tyson if they put him in the ring with me so soon after coming out of prison. George Foreman, world heavyweight champion.

I could get out on Tuesday and beat George on Wednesday. Tyson.

I'm one of the world's great survivors. I'll always survive because I've got the right combination of wit, grit and bullshit. Don King.

Irvine's three-race suspension was far too short. His brain has obviously been removed and it is about time his licence was, too. Peter Collins, Lotus managing director, on Eddie Irvine's collision with Collins' driver, Johnny Herbert, at the Italian Grand Prix.

They are just a bunch of nobodies who sit on their backsides. I have no respect for any of them. Jon Brown, after Great Britain's athletics selectors left him out of the European Championship team.

It's an embarrassment for those people and for the athletes in the village. Arthur Tunstall, of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association, on the presence of disabled athletes.

Bulgaria have world class players, but Gazza was one when I played him. I squeezed his nuts and his ego. That's what you have to do to these big stars. I hope to do that against Stoichkov. Vinnie Jones, on the eve of his debut for Wales.

Vinnie Jones? I have never heard of him. Hristo Stoichkov.