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Monday, February 1, 1999 Published at 09:59 GMT


Sport: Football

You said Hoddle should go

Hoddle is a "national disgrace" say disabled rights campaigners

BBC News Online users demanded the resignation of Glenn Hoddle.

Results of our Talking Point poll of users around the world showed that the majority disapproved of his reported comments about disabled people.

The Hoddle File
At 1800 GMT on Monday, 90% of those who had responded to our poll were calling for the controversial England coach to go.

Many of the hundreds of e-mails echoed the words of disabled rights campaigners who have labelled Hoddle a national disgrace.


[ image: Faith healer Eileen Drewery: shares Hoddle's beliefs]
Faith healer Eileen Drewery: shares Hoddle's beliefs
The poll results come as Hoddle was sacked by Football Association chiefs after allegedly saying the disabled are paying for sins in their past lives.

Hoddle has said that the interview with The Times newspaper misrepresented his views - and he has apologised for any offence.

Monday's newspapers have kept up the pressure on Hoddle's position with one suggesting that he may already be on the verge of quitting.

Your views

Stewart Morris of the UK attacked the coach for holding "primitive views" while another e-mailer, Chris, called Hoddle's opinions "terrible".

Peter Kidds, also of the UK, went further, suggesting that the controversial former England star is "unbalanced" and lacking in judgement.


[ image: Hoddle will have to explain his remarks to the FA]
Hoddle will have to explain his remarks to the FA
Jenny Zaire of New Zealand said that if Hoddle were a true Christian, he would not believe in reincarnation while Michael Day of the USA said that he should not quit - he should be fired.

Gavin of the UK made a plea that many fans may agree with - bring back former boss Terry Venables.

A respondent from South Africa was so outraged by Glenn Hoddle's views that she called him a "nutter" and John A Finnis, writing from the USA, described his remarks as "extremely insensitive".

But perhaps the final word should go to Bryan of the UK.

"I was always a fan of Glenn - but this time he really has lost the plot."

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