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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Tuesday, 22 January, 2002, 13:03 GMT
Vogts denies Kuwait rift
Bertie Vogts during his days in charge of Germany
Bertie Vogts insists he has not been sacked by Kuwait
Berti Vogts, who appears all set to become the next coach of Scotland, has denied reports in the German media saying he has been sacked from his current post in charge of Kuwait.

A statement on the Kuwait Football Association's website reads that Vogts has been "relieved of his duties" and that the former World Cup winner requested to leave his post after a 3-1 loss to Oman in the Gold Cup.

However, in a telephone interview with German website RTL World, Vogts refutes these claims.

"To say that I have been fired is nonsense", the former Germany coach said.

"We've had a normal training session (on Monday) and I will naturally be sitting on the bench as the man in charge on Tuesday (when Kuwait play Bahrain)," he added.

Vogts made no reference to his talks with the Scottish Football Association, which were described as being at "a very advanced stage" by the SFA on Monday.

"We have agreed virtually all aspects of his contract, and I am confident that the deal will be concluded soon," SFA chief executive David Taylor said in a statement.

The SFA are hoping to secure the release of Vogts from his Kuwait job after the Gulf Cup ends on 29 January, although his contract does not expire until September.

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