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Tuesday, 22 August, 2000, 09:50 GMT 10:50 UK
Ginola haunted by Houllier claims
David Ginola was devastated
Ginola says he was devastated by Houllier's claims
David Ginola claims he is still haunted by a "vicious verbal assault" by former French international manager Gerard Houllier, now boss at Liverpool.

The former Tottenham winger, now at Aston Villa, makes the claim in his autobiography, which is being serialised in the Daily Mail.

Ginola, writing in his autobiography,

Ginola said: "Houllier blamed me for `murdering' France's bid to qualify for the 1994 World Cup finals.

"My `crime' was to over-hit a cross aimed for Eric Cantona during our last qualifying match against Bulgaria in Paris on November 17, 1993."

Ginola replaces Papin
Ginola replaces Papin with 10 minutes left of France's clash with Bulgaria

Ginola, on as a late substitute for Jean-Pierre Papin as France looked to secure the point that would clinch their place at USA 94, lost posession in the last minute and watched on in horror as Emil Kostadinov struck the winner.

Ginola recalls: "The next day, I received a call at home from a journalist who told me I should switch on the television immediately.

"Houllier was saying things like: 'the fact that one player cracked up was like a drop of acid. David Ginola is the murderer of the team. He sent an Exocet missile through the heart of French football and committed a crime against the team.'

Ginola adds: "It is something which will haunt me for the rest of my life. I believe a weaker person would have been destroyed."

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