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Parry has been crucified - Jones

Dave Jones
Dave Jones has given his backing to Paul Parry

Cardiff boss Dave Jones says Paul Parry has been "vilified and crucified" over his decision to walk out on Wales.

Parry, 28, retired from international duty two days before Wednesday's 2-1 loss in Russia stating he felt he was "just making up the numbers".

But Jones hit back saying: "Whether his timing is right or wrong, he has decided not to play for his national team.

"He is being absolutely vilified and crucified at this moment in time."

Parry had only recently returned to the Wales squad following an 18-month self-imposed absence, playing in the 2-1 friendly loss to Georgia in Swansea last month.

He withdrew from Wales' Euro 2008 qualifying mid-campaign citing personal reasons, his last competitive international appearance coming as a substitute in the 3-0 win over San Marino in March 2007.

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Jones admits he was surprised by Parry's decision, but said: "He is my player and I'll support him in the decision he's made.

"It doesn't matter if he is right or wrong, he's employed by Cardiff so he has to get his head down and work hard for us.

"I hope the fans appreciate that and I'm hoping they will give him the support and applause that he gets week in week out playing for Cardiff.

"I think the boy has been battered from pillar to post and it just seems to be one-sided.

"Paul has got to live with that and stand by the decision he's made."


see also
Parry 'just made up the numbers'
08 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Parry in shock Wales retirement
08 Sep 08 |  Internationals
BBC Sport Wales coverage
23 Mar 08 |  Wales


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