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Swans prank: star in a reasonably priced...pink Suzuki Vitara

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

  • Pretty in pink, but the Suzuki Vitara doesn't quite blend in.

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AMERICAN sports stars have a penchant for filling team-mates’ cars full of popcorn, while suit-slashing was common among Wimbledon FC’s infamous “crazy gang” of old.

And extravagantly gifted Geordie Paul Gascoigne turned up at his first day’s training at Italian side Lazio with English dictionaries for his bemused new team-mates.

A prank which has developed a head of steam among Swansea City players involves the worst-performing player in a weekly crossbar challenge being forced to drive for a week in a pink Suzuki Vitara.

The car - complete with multi-coloured hubcaps, butterfly prints and a fluffy dice - must be stationed in club chairman Huw Jenkins’ parking space at the Swans’ training ground for a week.

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And for the club’s home games at the Liberty Stadium, the man in the pink seat must park the Vitara in Ferrari-owning Chico Flores’ designated space.

Defender Angel Rangel currently has the pleasure, while previous connoisseurs of the Japanese model include Ben Davies, Wayne Routledge, Pablo Hernandez - and Flores himself.

Any player who fails to toe the line is ordered to pay a fine. All penalties collected during the festive period were reportedly donated to Morriston Hospital.

Spaniard Rangel tweeted on Thursday: “Absolutely devastated I have to drive this for a few days but will do it for the team.”

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