Lance Armstrong voted Sports Villain of the Year 2012

This is a guest blogpost by PRCA Freelance member Mark Ramsdale. The blog first appeared at www.markramsdale.com

 

In a lead worthy of his Tour de France victories, cyclist Lance Armstrong dominates the list of who the British public feel represent the worst in sport this year.

An independent survey, commissioned by sports public affairs agency MR Sport, over 2000 UK adults were asked who they would consider sports villain of the year 2012.

Lance Armstrong, seven time Tour de France winner who was recently stripped of his titles received 23% of the public vote, nearly twice as many as footballer John Terry on 12%.  Footballers dominate the list of villains, with eight out of the top ten either playing or managing the game.

The only other non-footballer in the top half of the leaderboard was Trenton Oldfield who interrupted the Boat Race.  Boxing and cricket are each represented twice with appearances for Dereck Chisora and David Haye after their public brawl, and Kevin Pieterson and Giles Clarke for comments and actions around England teammates.

Mark Ramsdale, Managing Director of MR Sport commented on the survey and the results: “The purpose of this annual survey is not to provide a list of anti-heroes to celebrate, but focus on those who have – for whatever reason – failed to live up to the expectations of the British public.

“We rightly honour those who represent sport at its best, but our sporting stars are role models, particularly for children.  As well as celebrating the best, if we highlight those representing some of the worst, we can hopefully encourage people who play or watch sport to act differently and consider their actions.”

 

The Full 2012 List

On behalf of MR Sport, independent agency Opinium Research asked 2,013 UK adults:

Who do they consider to be sports villain of the year 2012?

 

Name (sport)

Total

(%)

Men

(%)

Women

(%)

1

Lance Armstrong (former cyclist)

23

26

21

2

John Terry (Chelsea and England footballer)

12

12

11

3

Sepp Blatter (head of FIFA)

6

9

4

4

Luis Suárez (Liverpool and Uruguay footballer)

4

7

2

5

Ashley Cole (Chelsea and England footballer)

3

2

4

5

Joey Barton (QPR footballer)

3

4

2

7

Craig Whyte (former Glasgow Rangers Chairman)

2

3

2

8

Mario Balotelli (Manchester City and Italy footballer)

2

3

2

8

Trenton Oldfield (interrupted the Boat Race)

2

3

1

10

Roman Abramovich (owner of Chelsea football club)

2

2

2

11

Kevin Pietersen  (England cricketer)

1

2

1

12

Lewis Hamilton (F1 driver)

1

2

0

13

Dereck Chisora (boxer)

1

1

1

14

David Haye (boxer)

1

1

1

15

David Nalbandian (tennis player)

1

0

1

16

Andrew Hore (New Zealand rugby player)

1

0

1

17

Keegan Bradley (golfer)

0

0

0

18

Nadzeya Ostapchuk (former Olympian)

0

0

0

19

Giles Clarke (chairman of England & Wales Cricket Board)

0

0

0

 

Other (please specify)

1

0

1

 

Don’t know / no interest in sport of any sort

34

22

44

 

Opinium Research interviewed 2,013 UK adults aged 18+ from 11th to 13th December 2012. Results have been weighted to nationally representative criteria.  

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