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Monday, 29 November, 1999, 12:51 GMT
Police to report Ginola to FA

David Ginola: Incensed fans with comments about Alan Shearer


Northumbria Police are to report Spurs stars David Ginola and Tim Sherwood to the Football Association following complaints about their conduct by Newcastle fans.

A police spokesman confirmed that action was being taken in the wake of Sunday's St James's Park clash, where Ginola was the target of prolonged abuse by the home supporters.


David Ginola is shown the yellow card Booked: Ginola gets a yellow
The French star had incensed home fans with comments he made about Newcastle hero Alan Shearer when he addressed the Oxford Union last week.

Ginola reportedly said the England captain was past his best and "playing only on his name".

To make matters worse, the Spurs striker was booked for diving during the match and allegedly antagonised home fans with a clenched-fist celebration of Spurs' 44th minute goal.

Sherwood also provoked an angry reaction from fans with what they perceived to be an illegal challenge on Nolberto Solano, which ended in a booking for Solano.


Nikos Dabizas celebrates scoring the winner Nikos Dabizas put away the winner
Supporters also claimed the player used foul language towards them when Spurs equalised through Chris Armstrong.

Up to a dozen supporters lodged formal compalints with police after the match, although both the FA and Tottenham said they had not been directly informed of any action by the police.

Magpies manager Bobby Robson said he had little sympathy for Ginola, saying: "He worked up a fury here with what he said about Shearer.

"Why do you think he got a bad reception? It was his mouth. He actually fuelled his own reception and would have been wiser not to say anything when coming back to Newcastle United."

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