Steven Gerrard has not ruled out taking part in state beheadings as he contemplates life as manager of Saudi Pro League club Al Ettifaq. The Liverpudlian had been jobless since being sacked by Aston Villa in October.
“I haven’t come here to be rude,” he told Soccer on Sunday. “If I’m handed a sword, then someone’s getting beheaded. It’s called manners. Maybe you lot in the press would be disrespectful and hand the sword back, but I can assure you that I’ll be lopping off someone’s head if a sword is passed my way.”
“No, of course not,” said the former Liverpool captain, when asked if he would behead an innocent person. “Criminals only — that’s a red line for me when it comes to beheadings. Whether that’s a murderer or someone who’s parked on double yellows, I believe everyone should be treated equally. Either behead them both, or neither of them.”
“Oh, here we go,” he added, spotting an official approaching with a sword.