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Friday, October 30, 1998 Published at 15:11 GMT

Bosnich cleared by FA

Bosnich admitted he was a relieved man after the decision

Mark Bosnich has been cleared by the Football Association of swearing at Everton fans.

Gordon Farquhar reports on Bosnich's hearing (Radio 5 Live)
The Aston Villa goalkeeper expressed relief at the decision and thanked supporters for backing his side of the story.

A three-man FA disciplinary committee found that the charge that Bosnich had verbally abused home fans during Villa's 0-0 draw at Goodison Park on August 15 was not proven.

Letters from Everton fans claiming that Bosnich had done nothing wrong were produced as evidence at the 75-minute hearing.

A relieved Bosnich said: "I would like to say a big thank you to all the supporters who wrote in with support, saying exactly what happened, and to the FA who reacted in a very fair and impartial way."

It is not the first time Bosnich has been ordered to explain himself in front of an FA disciplinary panel.

He was warned about his behaviour in 1996 after making nazi-style gestures at Tottenham supporters.

He later apologised to the club, who have strong Jewish links, for the insult and said he had meant the gesture as a "Basil Fawlty-type joke", aimed at Spurs' German forward Jurgen Klinsmann.

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