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Sunday, 25 August, 2002, 11:47 GMT 12:47 UK
Foxes contest Wise ruling
Dennis Wise tangles with Aston Villa's Juan Pablo Angel
Leicester do not want Dennis Wise back
Leicester City have confirmed that they intend to fight a Football League decision ordering them to reinstate midfielder Dennis Wise.

The 35-year-old was sacked by the club after breaking team-mate Callum Davidson's jaw in a pre-season incident.

However, a Football League Disciplinary Commission ruled Wise had been treated too harshly and ruled the maximum punishment should be a fine of two weeks' wages.

"We're going to fight it," chairman of Leicester City plc Greg Clarke told BBC Radio Five Live.


In any other industry that I've worked in, breaking someone's jaw would be immediate dismissal, so we sacked him
Leicester chairman Greg Clarke

"We're going to listen to what the appeal by the Football League says and we will study the outcome of that and, if necessary, we will follow up by the other channels available to us."

Clarke also dismissed suggestions that cash-strapped City's reaction to Wise's offence had more to do with getting the player off the wage bill rather than internal discipline.

"The truth of the situation is, on the grand scale of things, Dennis' wages aren't material," he said.

"Six or seven weeks ago, the Premiership chairmen decided not to increase the parachute payment to relegated clubs.

"That was four or five times the amount of Dennis' wages and I didn't jump up and down and scream because that's a straightforward business decision.

"Okay, it cost us a lot of money, but these things go against you when the times are tough.

"The club itself has tried to uphold reasonable standards over the years and we found ourselves in a position where one of our players had assaulted another player.

"And this wasn't handbags at 10 paces on the training ground, this was a premeditated assault which resulted in broken bones.

"In any other industry that I've worked in, that would be immediate dismissal, so we sacked him."

Clarke added that it was unlikely that Wise would ever play for the club again.

He said: "There's no support from within the football team for having him back, there's no support from within the fan base for having him back and there's no support from within the board for having him back."

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