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Friday, 15 September, 2000, 14:31 GMT 15:31 UK
Leicester's Taylor takes high ground
Leicester City v Red Star Belgrade
Collymore confronts Red Star Belgrade's goalkeeper
Leicester boss Peter Taylor has denied using foul and abusive language at Thursday night's Uefa Cup tie at Filbert Street, claiming instead that it was the Red Star Belgrade manager hurling the swear words.

After the 1-1 draw, Belgrade coach Slavoljub Muslin had claimed that the Leicester boss had verbally abused him throughout the 90 minutes, insisting it was "the worse treatment" he had received in 20 years of football

However, in an interview on Radio Five Live on Friday, Taylor hit back, saying the situation was the other way round.

"He actually swore at me in very clear English and my staff will back me up on that," said the Foxes boss.


You would never see a team that I manage, rolling around making out they're injured to waste time and then get up and be absolutely fine
  Peter Taylor
But Taylor was quick to point out his disgust at the way the Yugoslav players behaved by not shaking hands with rival coach Slavoljub Muslin at the end of the game.

"I didn't have any plans to shake his hand like I do with every other manager and I never thought for one minute that he would want to shake my hand."

Guilt

While Taylor claims he is innocent of verbal abuse, he did admit making his opinions known about how Red Star Belgrade played.

"I did return my feelings in respect to how disappointed I was. I really was saying to him that I guarantee that his players will get up in two seconds and I was right."

Gerry Taggart
Gerry Taggart scores the equaliser
Taylor criticised the Yugoslav players for apparently diving and time-wasting during the tight match.

"We all love the game. It's 45 minutes each way, not 40 minutes and wasting five minutes, making out you're injured.

"You would never see a team that I manage, rolling around making out they're injured to waste time and then get up and be absolutely fine."

Despite the bad blood that has developed between the two sides, Taylor insists he is not particularly relieved that Uefa have decided that the second leg will be played on neutral ground, but knows it will improve Leicester's chances.

The Foxes manager said: "It's not Leicester City's decision, it's Uefa's, we are just going where we are told.

"I think it would be a more difficult game in Belgrade, but it will be a difficult game anyway. They are a good side."

Uefa will decide the neutral venue for the second leg by Monday.

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