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RICKSEN, Fernando Jacob Hubert Hendrika
Fernando Ricksen (Glasgow Rangers & Netherlands)
born 27th July 1976 Heerlen, Limburg, Netherlands
died 18th September 2019, aged 43, Airdrie, Scotland
1980–86 EHC Youth
1986–88 RKONS Youth
1988–92 Roda J.C. Youth
1992–94 Fortuna Sittard
1994–97 Fortuna Sittard 94/5
1997–00 A.Z. Alkmaar 92/12
2000–06 Glasgow Rangers 182/13 (£3.75m)
2006 Zenit Saint Petersburg (loan) 14/2
2007–09 Zenit Saint Petersburg 22/0
2010–13 Fortuna Sittard 48/1
2000–03 Netherlands 12/0
In November 2000 Ricksen became the first player in Scottish football to be banned retrospectively on television evidence. His kung fu kick on Darren Young had been missed by the referee but caught on camera, leading to a five game ban.
In October 2003 Ricksen pushed the Rangers chairman John McClelland in to a swimming pool before a match against Panathinaikos in Athens.
The same week he was banned from the Netherlands national team for smashing a hotel door down after a night out. After the events Rangers banned Ricksen from talking to the media.
In March 2004 Ricksen was again banned by the video review panel. He had elbowed Derek Riordan in a C.I.S. Cup defeat to Hibernian, resulting in a four game ban and a £10,000 fine from his club.
The highlight of Ricksen's Rangers career came in the 2004–5 season seeing him jointly win the player of the year award after scoring nine goals from midfield in his 40 appearances for the club, helping them to a league and league cup double.
An alcohol fuelled incident involving a passenger on Rangers outbound flight to their pre-season camp in South Africa, led to Ricksen being sent home.
Ricksen moved on loan to Zenit St. Petersburg on a season long loan for 2006-7, the Russian club's manager being Dick Advocaat, who had signed Ricksen for Rangers.
Two weeks later he returned to Ibrox in a friendly between Rangers and Zenit and was booed after injuring Chris Burke with a reckless tackle.
Weeks later, Ricksen engaged in an on field fight with Zenit captain Vladislav Radimov. On 28th November 2006, Zenit announced that they bought out Ricksen's transfer from Rangers. Despite this, Ricksen again fought with Radimov during a match in January 2007. In January 2009, after two and a half years in Russia, Ricksen was demoted to Zenit's reserve side, having previously refused to leave the club. On 28th August 2009 Zenit terminated his contract because of constant disciplinary misbehaviour.
After being without a club for more than a year, on 2nd December 2010 Ricksen agreed to re-join his childhood team Fortuna Sittard, involved in their battle to escape relegation from the Eerste Divisie, signing a contract to the end of the season.
On Christmas Day 2000 Ricksen was the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal after an incident when his car crashed into a lamp post in the early hours of the morning. Ricksen denied charges of drink driving, careless driving, committing a breach of the peace by shouting and swearing, and conducting himself in a disorderly manner.
At a trial in February 2003 Ricksen was found to have been twice over the limit and was convicted of drunk driving, receiving a £500 fine and a 12 month driving ban.
In October 2003 Ricksen was fined £7,000 after being convicted of a breach of the peace and assault in relation to a drunken late night house party he held the previous November. Having initially denied the charges, in court Ricksen admitted conducting himself in a disorderly manner, causing a breach of the peace, repeatedly igniting fireworks, shouting and swearing and then threatening and assaulting a neighbour who had complained.
During the 2004–05 season Ricksen abstained from alcohol. In July 2006 Ricksen checked himself into the Sporting Chance Clinic for residential treatment relating to alcohol abuse and anger management. For the previous six months he had been receiving out patient treatment from the clinic.
Ricksen's daughter Isabella was born in 2011. On 30th October 2013, Ricksen revealed that he was terminally ill with motor neurone disease. In 2014 Ricksen married Veronika, who is Russian. Ricksen was Catholic but later revealed his wish to convert to Russian Orthodoxy.
A documentary "Fernando Ricksen, Hard Times" was aired on Sky Sports on 3rd May 2015.
(This post was edited by John Treleven on Sep 18, 2019, 1:44 PM)