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Wednesday, 17 July, 2002, 15:19 GMT 16:19 UK
Madjer shuts door on Algeria
Rabah Madjer meets Zinedine Zidane
Madjer says he will defend his rights
Algeria's former coach, Rabah Madjer, has said he will never work in his homeland again.

Madjer is disgusted at the way he was dismissed from his job last May.

It was the third time that the former African footballer of the year had been in charge of the Desert Warriors.

"You know, this affair has upset my whole family. It is really weighing heavily on me," Madjer said at a press conference he held at his residence.

Madjer was sacked after an article appeared in the Belgian newspaper Le Soir, in which he was quoted criticising officials of the Algerian Football Federation.

Although the newspaper subsequently wrote to the federation admitting it concocted the quotes, Madjer did not get a reprieve.

The ex-Porto player says the federation has proposed to give him three months salary as a pay-off, even though he had over four years left on his contract.

As a consequence, Madjer is preparing to sue the Algerian authorities.

"I am going to appeal to the [Algerian] Sports Arbitration Tribunal, as well as to Fifa, to make sure my rights, which are set out in the contract with the federation, are respected," Madjer said.

"I kept quiet the first two times (in 1995 and 1999) when the federal bureau and then the then Minister of Sports and Youth kicked me out of the job, because I wanted to preserve the good image of Algerian football.

"This time I am not going to abandon my rights, which I will defend till the end," Madjer warned.

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