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Last Updated:  Saturday, 15 March, 2003, 12:05 GMT
Diouf offers personal apology
Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf was caught on camera
Diouf's reaction angered Celtic fans at Parkhead
Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf is set to apologise in person to the Celtic fan he spat on during last week's Uefa Cup tie.

An estimated television audience of 5.4m saw the Senegalese striker spit at teenage supporter Dominic Schiavone.

The 10m summer signing was fined two weeks' wages by his club and faces a Uefa inquiry into the incident.

But he has invited Schiavone and a friend to Anfield as his guest for the second leg on Thursday in a bid to preserve the "special relationship" between the two clubs.

Celtic season ticket holder Schiavone will be driven to Anfield for a two-night VIP stay, during which he will receive a personal apology from Diouf and a Liverpool shirt signed by the team.

A Liverpool spokesman confirmed: "Everyone at Liverpool is conscious of the special relationship between the clubs which goes back a long way.

"The last thing we want is for this incident to sour that relationship."

Schavione revealed he would accept the offer - and the apology."

"It would be a nice gesture for either Liverpool or Diouf to organise that for me.

"I'm desperate to see the game and what happened at Parkhead hasn't put me off," he told the Daily Record newspaper.



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