Thursday, March 01, 2007

Swings and roundabouts

A funny sort of day for Emre.

On the one hand, it looks likely he'll soon be facing a second charge of racism following the submission of a new claim from Watford's Al Bangura - over two months since we last played the Hornets.

On the other, loveable Bolton striker El-Hadji Diouf has opted not to make a formal complaint, while Glenn Roeder has said he's been impressed by the recovery our Turkish international has been making, suggesting that he could be fit enough to feature in next Thursday's UEFA Cup tie with AZ Alkmaar.

Meanwhile, the club is evidently irritated at the way the issue has been reported: "The conduct of certain sections of the press in ignoring [the] basic principle of fairness is deeply regrettable. It is the club's opinion that the content in these articles is highly prejudicial and seriously reduces the chances of the player receiving a fair hearing. Both the club and player have genuine worries that a trial through the media is effectively being conducted long before the actual hearing will take place".

Fair enough. I'll shut up on the matter for now - but not before reiterating that, should he be found guilty, we shouldn't try to shirk our responsibilities and must take appropriate action.


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