Now this is MY kind of sports star!
Thanks to K9 Magazine for this article!
Ex Premiership Footballer In Trouble For Missing Game To Mourn Dog
Dog loving footballer Gilles De Bilde has landed himself in trouble with his club Willebroek, who play in the Belgian league, after he missed a game to mourn the death of his dog.
The former Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa player is said to have not turned up for a league game following the death of his dog.
It is not the first time the dog loving star has courted controversy because of his love for dogs. In 1999, after he arrived to play for Sheffield Wednesday, he was exposed by a tabloid for smuggling his two Dobermans through quarantine. Whilst denying the offence, the outspoken footballer said at the time “Quarantine laws are s**t laws because they affect dogs’ health. That’s not a good thing”
De Bilde, who was transferred from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven to Sheffield Wednesday for 3m in 1999, is famous in the football community for his passion for animal welfare. He has used his profile in Europe to campaign for a European ban on cat and dog fur.