'Football players are cry babies'

Jan 17, 2012, 09:18 IST | Agencies

'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe criticises English players for weeping every time they fall over

'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe criticises English players for weeping every time they fall over

Daniel Radcliffe yesterday mocked football players for crying when they fell to the ground after being tackled.

The 22-year-old announced he had stopped supporting Fulham Football Club and insisted that American footballers were far more athletic.

Cricket mania: Daniel Radcliffe cheers on England during the ICC
Twenty20 World Cup match between England and Pakistan in 2009.
Radcliffe admits that he is still passionate about cricket and plays games
on the computer too. File Pic/Getty Images

Radcliffe, who has supported the West London side since his childhood, claimed today's highly paid stars were "cry babies".

Not yet a Yankee
But he added that despite regularly working in the States he had not been completely converted to American ways and still loved playing cricket.

"I really love American football. The athleticism certainly far surpasses English football and it is exciting to watch", he said.

"With English football, I am not as into it any more. They fall over and they cry." 

Radcliffe's comments came after he admitted in an interview last week that he felt "almost guilty" for earning as much as he did for his role in Harry Potter. In the interview, he also discussed his involvement with The Trevor Project, a charity which seeks to prevent young gay people from committing suicide.

He said fame was "very useful" in directing attention towards projects and he felt a "moral imperative" to help others. He added, "I got paid so well for doing the Harry Potter films, it's ridiculous. If somebody asked me, 'Did you think you deserve that money?' No, of course I didn't. 'But would you have taken it anyway?' Of course. I happened to have found this industry where people get paid stupid amounts of money. That's the reality. I feel almost guilty for having done so well out of Potter."

Describing his passion for cricket he said, "I still love cricket. I play EA Cricket on the computer � I am a nerd."
The star also said he was looking forward to his first real holiday for years. "It's the first time in four years that I have had more than a week off. I am really excited."

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