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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 March, 2004, 08:14 GMT
Adams slams football unions
Leicester City boss Micky Adams
Leicester's Micky Adams has criticised two football unions for a lack of support over the La Manga affair.

The Foxes boss is unhappy with both the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) and the League Managers' Association (LMA).

Adams does not think they did enough to help Leicester get three of their players bailed from a Spanish jail.

Adams said: "Both the LMA and the PFA should have been more helpful. That's all I'm going to say."

Paul Dickov, Frank Sinclair and Keith Gillespie have been charged with sexual aggression in Spain.

They flew home on Friday after being released on bail of just under 200,000.

Both unions hit back at Adams' claims.

"We went to see the players last Tuesday and Micky made it clear that he was disappointed with us," said PFA deputy chief executive Mick McGuire.

I've got to trust in what I've been told and some of the evidence has not come to light yet
Leicester boss Micky Adams

"But I don't think he is in full possession of the facts. We have been in constant contact with Leicester's chief executive Tim Davies, the lawyers, the players - and even one of the players' wives.

"We have been assessing the situation constantly but, for example, last week there was no point in us going over to Spain when the players were in jail."

LMA chief executive John Barnwell said: "I think Micky has handled an extremely difficult situation brilliantly but I am surprised at his comments.

"I say that because he has on hand Dave Bassett (Leicester's director of football), who is a senior member of the LMA, to help him."

Dickov, Gillespie and Sinclair will play for the first time since their arrest when they turn out for the reserves at Southampton on Tuesday evening.

Adams believes his players are innocent and expects their case to be cleared up fairly shortly.

"I think this is a week to 10 days away from reaching a conclusion," said Adams.

"I've got to trust in what I've been told and some of the evidence has not come to light yet."






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