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Tuesday, 15 February, 2000, 10:37 GMT
Ferguson unhappy with Shearer

Sir Alex Ferguson has reacted angrily to Alan Shearer's jibes that Manchester United do not like being kicked, suggesting the Football Association should look into the England captain's comments on TV.

Ferguson, who side were on the receiving end of a 3-0 defeat in a bad tempered game at St James' Park on Saturday in which skipper Roy Keane was sent off, leapt to the defence of the Treble winners and turned the tables on Shearer.

"Critics have been calling for the FA to look at Stam approaching the linesman," Ferguson said.

"Yet I would have thought the FA might investigate why Alan Shearer went on TV and in the Press, talking about how Newcastle kicked us and how we didn't like it.

"Yet my players never complained about being kicked. We never do."




Injured Ronaldo making progress

Brazil striker Ronaldo has returned to training at Inter Milan for the first time since a knee operation in November.

Ronaldo began a programme of light individual training at the Serie A club's Appiano Gentile training complex on Monday.

But he is not expected to be fit enough to return to competitive action until April at the earliest.




Izzet's Turkish delight

Leicester midfielder Muzzy Izzet has opted to play for Turkey rather than England.

Izzet had been hoping for a call-up to Kevin Keegan's England squad but after encouraging noises from Istanbul has decided to lump for the Turks.

Izzet confirmed he was aplying for Turkish citizenship after he met Turkey's director of football Can Cobanoglu.

The former Chelsea player is hoping to be picked for Turkey's forthcoming friendly against the Czech Republic in early April in order to state his case for a place at the European Championship in June.




Gould breaks his silence

Jonathan Gould has broken his silence on his decision to quit Celtic after being deprived of a regular place in the Parkhead goal.

The Scotland international keeper, ousted by Dmitri Kharine, is leaving after being told by interim manager Kenny Dalglish he was now viewed as third choice by the club.

Gould, who was not even in the squad for the Dundee game with Stewart Kerr on the bench, said: "I hope people will realise that once you've been number one choice it would be very difficult to drop down to number three with only the odd game now and then.

"I still don't know if I've made the right decision only time will tell if what I've done is the correct course.




Roussel: Success is a problem

Coventry City striker Cedric Roussel has revealed that his success in the Premiership has made his life a misery back home in Belgium.

"Over here after a game the fans come up to you and want an autograph or a picture of you - but in Belgium it is a different mentality," he said.

"Sure, there are some people who say 'fantastic, and we're proud of you' but there is a different mentality in Belgium to over here.

"It's very bad even in my home town in Belgium. Some people are very jealous of what I've done and I am very sad about that.

"I have lost a lot of friends since I came to play for Coventry. Now they say 'he's got a lot of money, he plays in England' and they don't want to know me."




Prodan too expensive

Rangers defender Daniel Prodan has priced himself out of a chance to relaunch his career at National Bucharest on loan.

Prodan, who joined Rangers in July 1998, has never kicked a ball for the Ibrox club since his 2.2m move from Atletico Madrid because of a serious knee injury.

Rangers manager Dick Advocaat admitted he could not offer Prodan a first-team place and was keen for the player to return to Romania to rediscover his sharpness.

However, National Bucharest manager Gino Iorgulescu has been forced the abandon the temporary switch because of 28-year-old Romanian international Prodan's wage demands.

He said: "Daniel Prodan asked for around 30,000 to play for us until this summer, but the club cannot pay him this much money because Romanian soccer is too poor."

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