After his side’s 2-2 draw in Slovenia ended Scotland’s chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, manager Gordan Strachan, rather oddly, blamed the genetics of Scottish people as one of the reasons why his side were unable to compete.

He said:

Genetically we are behind, In the last campaign we were the second smallest, apart from Spain. We had to pick a team to combat the height and strength at set-plays. Genetically we have to work at things, maybe we get big women and men together and see what we can do but it is a problem for us because we have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher than anyone else.

Whether that excuse washes with the Scottish public and the Scottish FA remains to be seen, but it did get us thinking about some other amazing excuses that have been used be athletes and coaches in order to justify their losses or bans.

Here are just a few of our favourites:

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