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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 June 2006, 10:06 GMT 11:06 UK
Portugal angry with English press
Nuno Valente and Pauleta
Nuno Valente and Pauleta did not spend much time in their seats
Portugal have vented their fury at the English press for publishing a "fake" interview by their striker Pauleta.

The Portugal star is quoted as telling The Sun newspaper that keeper Paul Robinson is England's weakest link.

"The Sun has published a fake interview with Pauleta that was then quoted by other outlets," said team spokesman Alfonso de Melo.

"Portugal players give no interviews outside team press conferences and mixed zones after matches."

Portugal play England in their World Cup quarter-final match on Saturday.

BBC Radio Five Live's Juliette Ferrington said that De Melo also accused some of the media outlets in England of labelling the Portugal side as "insubordinate and violent" after their 1-0 win over Holland.

The match saw two players from each side sent off and 16 yellow cards.

"Such comments are unbearable, unfair and preposterous," he added.

"Portugal has passed the last four years with no red cards and the players are known to be fair."

At Thursday's news conference, the English journalists were only allowed to ask Pauleta and Nuno Valente three questions in total.



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