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Friday, 7 June, 2002, 22:37 GMT 23:37 UK
Diao hoping for second chance
Diao has signed for Liverpool and is desperate to impress his new fans
Diao scored a brilliant goal against Denmark
Senegal's Salif Diao said that he did not deserve to be sent off during his team's 1-1 draw with Denmark.

But the midfielder - who scored his team's goal against the Danes - is hoping that his team will still be in the tournament after his two-game suspension is completed.

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"I felt the sending-off decision was harsh because I was going for the ball," said Diao.

"What is annoying is that during the game some Danish players did worse things and didn't get any cards.

"They were kicking and that was more dangerous than anything I did."

"The point is that now I will miss two games, I just have to pray that my team can still give me more matches in the World Cup because I will not be able to play now until the quarter-finals.

Liverpool move

Diao is joining Liverpool for 5m and is keen to emphasise that despite his red card against Denmark he is not a dirty player.

"I was delighted with my goal, it was perfect. I hope it was a message to the Liverpool fans, I hope they were watching and they were able to see what I can do.

"I am thinking about them and my move to their club all the time. It was good to score like that.

"I'd like Liverpool fans to realise that I can do better than in some periods of this game.

"Before the World Cup I was injured for a month with my club so it has taken me all this time to get myself fit, and I'm not 100% yet, maybe still only 75%."


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