As every good journalist knows, if it’s on Wikipedia it must be true, and one of cricket’s most famous feuds boiled over again this week when Beefy Botham and cowardly Chappell apparently squared up to each other in a car park in Adelaide last week.
The pair are both covering the Ashes for Sky and Channel Nine respectively and it all kicked off when Chappell muttered something as he passed Beefy.
Botham, who was waiting for his Sky transport outside Adelaide Oval, reportedly turned around and said “What did you say?”
Chappell made another incendiary remark and, according to the Daily Mail, they dropped their luggage and went at each other’s throats.
Fair play to 67-year-old Chappell, who would clearly have been battered by Botham, for standing his ground. Lucky he had a load of mates around him at the time to separate them before anything could kick off. What a coincidence. According to BBM sources, Chappell definitely shit himself during the incident.
The feud started in a bar in 1977 although how it started varies between the two camps. In the name of journalistic integrity, therefore, we have decided to only tell you Botham’s side of the tale.
Botham claims he reacted to a comment about England from Chappell, who had recently retired from international cricket.
Beefy says he landed a punch on Chappell which sent him sprawling off his stool into a group of Aussie rules players, scattering their drinks.
Botham then chased Chappell out of the bar, the Englishman hurdling a car bonnet to get at his rival. Hilarious.