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banner Wednesday, 28 February, 2001, 18:35 GMT
Court postpones Weah trial
Jorge Paolo Costa of FC Porto and George Weah of AC Milan
George Weah points and accusing finger at Costa during the 1996 game
A court in Portugal has postponed the trial of the 1995 Fifa World Footballer of the Year and Liberian striker George Oppong Weah, over a head-butting incident in 1996, after he failed to turn up.

It is believed that the court had sent a summons to Weah in England, but he currently plays for Marseille in France.

And it is suspected that the summons may have gone to the wrong address.

Jorge Costa of Portugal
Costa is claiming damages of about $90,000
The trial is now re-scheduled to take place on Match 28 to allow a new summons to be sent to the Liberian striker.

During the Champions League match between FC Porto and AC Milan in Lisbon on November 20, 1996, the Liberian, who was then playing with AC Milan, had an altercation with the Porto defender Jorge Costa after an ill-tempered game.

The incident, which happened in the players' tunnel, resulted in the Portuguese player suffering a broken nose, for which surgery was required.

Costa's damages

During a subsequent Uefa investigation Weah - who is not usually known to get involved in any violent incidents with other players - explained that he had been provoked to anger by racist taunts and insults from Costa.

George Weah of Liberia
The Liberian striker has moved between clubs in Italy, England and France over last couple of years
Costa denies the charges of racism.

Weah admitted the assault and was banned for six Champions League matches.

He apologised to Costa, who refused to accept the apology, saying that the charges of racist insults levelled against him were defamatory.

Costa - who claims the injury had cost him money and a place in the Portuguese team - is demanding a compensation of 19 million escudos (about $90,000) from Weah.

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