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Last Updated: Friday, 24 October, 2003, 08:11 GMT 09:11 UK
Alpay blames Beckham
Alpay (right) confronts David Beckham in Istanbul

Alpay has blamed England captain David Beckham for his departure from Aston Villa.

The Turkish defender has had his contract at Villa Park cancelled by mutual consent after his bust-up with Beckham during the Euro 2004 qualifier in Istanbul.

Since returning to England, Alpay has come under severe criticism in the media, but he believes the press have blown the story out of proportion.

"This would not have happened if the confrontation had been with any other player than David Beckham," said Alpay.

No player in the Turkish squad thinks Alpay did anything dramatically immoral
Alpay's agent Mujdat Gurel

"The time and effort the English media give to David Beckham is unfair. It is an injustice to the other players in the England team.

"The other players work harder than he does," Alpay added.

Meanwhile, the former Fenerbahce player's agent Mujdat Gurel has refused to rule out the possibility of Alpay playing in the Premiership again and thanked Villa for offering to let him go.

"Alpay was not happy in Birmingham. But will there be the possibility of playing in the Premiership again? Why not?," said Gurel.

"He is quite happy and he was very pleased that the club also approached him and were prepared to pay up the rest of his contract.

"It was Villa's idea. It was down to him to accept the offer, and the contract has been terminated by mutual consent.

"He is happy and he thanks David O'Leary very much. He has been very helpful to him."

Gurel also added that Alpay had the support of the Turkish players over the incidents involving himself and Beckham.

"No player in the Turkish squad thinks he did anything dramatically immoral. If he had done then (referee) Pierluigi Collina would have penalised him."

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