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WWF apologizes for Michaels' actions


MICHAELS
By ANDREW MATTE -- Ottawa Sun

  A snotty American wrestler at the Corel Centre on the eve of Remembrance Day picked the wrong time rub his Canadian opponent's nose in his big win.

The coiffed and chiselled Shawn Michaels was goading his opponents and the audience Monday night when a tape of Michaels wiping his nose on a Canadian flag was broadcast on a giant screen.

On any day, the prank is worthy of expulsion from Canada.

But before Remembrance Day, this public display of disrespect for the country should be considered criminal, readers complained yesterday.

"To have this guy come into Canada like that and show that kind of disrespect, we should take away his permit to work in the country," said Randy Rankin, who caught Michaels' unpatriotic nasal discharge on TSN Monday night.

"All those soldiers who died fighting for our country, our freedom. And for this guy to do that near Remembrance Day. It's unbelievable," said echoed Bernadette Villeneuve.

On a taped segment from a previous match, Michaels is seen twisting a corner of a hanging flag and jamming it up his nostril.

Disrespecting an opponent's flag plays a prominent role in wrestling and its hype -- Canadian wrestlers have been known to shove American flags down their pants.

"On behalf of the WWF, we apologize -- we obviously don't have control over what Mr. Michaels does but given the time of the year, it was inappropriate," said spokesman Jay Andronaco.

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