Former Manchester United prospect, Daniel Nardiello, has recently claimed that he was forced to simulate sex in front of some of the club’s iconic players during his initiation.
Nardiello revealed that the experience was “horrible” and that he had to pretend to make love to a woman on a table while his teammates watched, including Roy Keane and David Beckham.
He added that the players were “lapping it all in,” while he was left feeling shocked by their reaction. The now-retired forward joined Manchester United in 1999 and spent most of his time at the club out on loan before leaving permanently in 2005.
During his time at the club, Nardiello never made a Premier League appearance, but he did play in the EFL Cup and the Champions League.
Nardiello also revealed that not all the youngsters were forced to have the same initiation as him. One of his teammates had to play the “spoon game” with David May, where they would put spoons in their mouths and try to hit each other on the head as hard as they could.
However, when it was May’s turn, Ryan Giggs would sneakily hit the youngster on the head. Nardiello played for several clubs after leaving Manchester United, including Exeter City, Rotherham United, Bury, and Bangor City.
Initiation ceremonies are commonplace in professional sports, but they have come under increased scrutiny in recent years. Some have been deemed inappropriate and have resulted in controversy, while others have been banned altogether.
In response to Nardiello’s claims, Manchester United has not yet made a statement. It remains to be seen if the club will address the issue or if any other former players will come forward with similar stories.