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Saturday, 19 August, 2000, 09:17 GMT 10:17 UK
Weah snubs golden handshake
George Weah
George Weah: Turned down 1m handshake
Manchester City striker George Weah has revealed he turned down a 1m pay-off when he left Italian giants AC Milan for Maine Road.

The former World Player of the Year was offered the golden handshake by Milan's owner Silvio Berlusconi.

But, in an age when football mercenaries are condemned for holding clubs to ransom, the Liberian striker did the honourable thing and declined it because he felt he never earned it.

He said: "Milan's president has been fair with my family. The only problems I had are between me and my coach.

Refused

"They gave me a free transfer but he also wanted to give me money and I said I didn't want it because I didn't work for it.

"He said I still had a contract and was entitled to it but I refused.

"I told him I wanted to be able to come back, look him in the face and shake his hand.

"I don't want us to have to avoid each other when we walk," added Weah.

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