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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 April, 2005, 19:17 GMT 20:17 UK
Aragones punishment to be upheld
Spain coach Luis Aragones
The Spanish Football Federation's Appeals Committee has upheld the fine given to Spain coach Luis Aragones for racist remarks about Thierry Henry.

The committee rejected appeals from the government-run Anti-Violence Commission and Aragones against the 2,060 fine.

The 66-year-old Aragones was fined for comments about Henry when speaking to Arsenal team-mate Jose Antonio Reyes during a Spanish training session.

He apologised for his remarks which he claimed were aimed at motivating Reyes.

Aragones made the comments ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Belgium in October.

The former Atletico Madrid and Real Mallorca coach sparked further controversy in November when he mounted an energetic defence of his comments before a friendly against England.

The match at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid was marred by racist abuse and chanting directed at England's black players by large sections of the crowd.

Aragones had voiced his disappointment that Spain's anti-violence committee appealed to have the fine increased.

He said: "It's not the fact I've been punished, but the fact that they look to do more than that.

"I won't allow them to continue against me.

"All of this worries me more for my family than for myself. Although I have a lot of defects, I won't accept that I am being punished for something that I am not."

The Spain coach could have been fined up to 20,600 for what was considered a "serious" offence.

The fine is only half of what two Albacete fans and an Atletico Madrid fan were fined by the Anti-Violence Commission for racist abuse in Primera Liga matches this season.





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