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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 August, 2003, 11:50 GMT 12:50 UK
Diouf spitting trial delay
El-Hadji Diouf
El-Hadji Diouf denies the charge
The trial of Liverpool star El-Hadji Diouf has been adjourned because his lawyers have yet to see television footage of the alleged spitting incident.

The 11m Senegal striker had earlier pled not guilty to assaulting Celtic fan Dominic Schiavone during a Uefa Cup match last season.

However, it has emerged that his legal team have still to see footage from the Parkhead game, between Liverpool FC and Celtic FC.

It was shown on Channel 5 in March and watched by millions of fans across the UK.

During the 1-1 draw 22-year-old Diouf allegedly spat at Mr Schiavone.

'Vitally important'

At Glasgow Sheriff Court on Thursday it was revealed that Strathclyde Police have yet to hand over video tapes to the procurator fiscal.

Defence solicitor Joe Beltrami confirmed Diouf's case was being postponed and urged the police to hand the tapes over.

Mr Beltrami said: "We are really not in a position to go to trial. We have not seen TV footage as well as CCTV images of that evening.

"This, of course, is vitally important and we hope to see it sooner rather than later."

Diouf was excused attendance from court.

The case was reset for summary trial next month, where he has been ordered to appear.


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