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Next UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Has Given Us Some Hilarious Sporting Memories

Next UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Has Given Us Some Hilarious Sporting Memories

Newly-elected Conservative leader and next UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has produced some hilarious sporting moments.

Johnson, 55, will succeed Theresa May on Wednesday after he comfortably beat Jeremy Hunt in the race to become the new Tory leader and PM.

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But the soon-to-be PM has produced some magical sporting moments.

During England's charity match against Germany in 2006 -- marking the 40th anniversary of the Three Lions' World Cup triumph -- Johnson showed off his no-nonsense approach to tackling.

The former mayor of London pulled off a rugby-style tackle on Maurizio Gaudino to take him down in front of 15,000 people at the Madejski Stadium in Reading.

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And the crowd loved every minute of it as they started to chant "We want Boris" as he clambered back to his feet.

Following on from the match, Boris was spotted with a lager in his hand and explained that his tackle didn't intend to cause any harm.

"There was no malice in my actions. I was going for the ball with my head, which I understand is a legitimate move," he said.

"I felt an enormous sense of achievement every time I actually touched the ball."

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Credit: PA

Fast-forward to 2014 and the ex-foreign secretary was forced to apologise to a young child when he tripped him up with a clumsy tackle during a football match outside City Hall.

'BoJo' would once again return to the spotlight with his rugby tackle on a child in 2015.

The Tory MP was taking part in a street rugby match in Japan and flattened the kid with his challenge.

Johnson said after his leadership victory that he plans to "energise the country."

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Credit: PA
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He added: "The campaign is over and the work begins."

And Johnson has also received a congratulatory tweet from the outgoing PM.

"Many congratulations to @BorisJohnson on being elected leader of @Conservatives - we now need to work together to deliver a Brexit that works for the whole UK and to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of government," May tweeted.

"You will have my full support from the back benches."

What was Johnson's best sporting moment?

Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Other, Rugby, Football, UK, United Kingdom

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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