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Friday, December 20, 2002
A bit of the bizarre hits international goalkeepers

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Lionel Letizi just wanted to play a friendly game of Scrabble. Instead, the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper apparently won't be playing anything for a while.

According to a report in the Bloomberg News, Letizi missed his team's 1-0 loss to Rennes on Sunday after injuring himself over a round of the board game. He hurt muscles in his back while trying to pick up one of the game's letter tiles off of the floor.

The team did not reveal the letter on the tile.

"I completely put my back out," Letizi said on his Web site.

Letizi also missed PSG's match vs. Bordeaux on Thursday.

In the report, it's just the latest in a string of bizarre injuries among international goalkeepers:

  • Spain's Santiago Canizares missed this year's World Cup after dropping a bottle of aftershave on his foot and damaging a tendon.

  • Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman hurt himself while he reached for his TV remote control and needed surgery.

  • Wigan's Dave Beasant missed matches after dropping a jar of mayonnaise on his toe.

  • Liverpool keeper Michael Stensgaard dislocated his shoulder in 1995, trying to catch an ironing board that had slipped from his grasp.