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Action Replay

by | 14th, October 2003

‘UEFA are likely to take a rather more objective view of a video of the half-time scrap between the English and Turkish players than have the tabloids over here.

Handbags and bad lads

Otherwise, they will have already decided that it was all the Turks’ fault and the English players were only responding to intolerable provocation.

The Mirror, for instance, publishes a still taken from the Turkish TV footage of Emile Heskey involved in a melee with what looks like Turkish officials.

“This is the moment England striker Emile Heskey sparked a furious tunnel bust-up after reacting to racial abuse,” it says (although what evidence it has for this assertion we are not told).

However, the Star is worried that Uefa will come down heavily on both sides.

“There is a chance players could be banned if they are charged and found guilty,” it says.

“And worryingly for England, any ban would come into play at the start of Euro 2004 – England’s next competitive matches.”

However, it is not only the English that have decided to make Turkish defender Alpay Public Enemy No.1.

The Turkish keeper Rustu Recber also blames his team-mate.

“As a result of Alpay’s stupid behaviour, we did not talk at all about tactics and how we

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