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Fulham refute tabloid claims

last updated Friday 14th March 2003, 3:28 PM
Fulham CEO Bruce Langham
Fulham CEO Bruce Langham said, he was very annoyed and disappointed
Fulham have refuted tabloid newspaper reports that manager Jean Tigana will put up his entire first-team squad for sale.

The homeless Cottagers have an uncertain future, with manager Tigana's contract expiring at the end of the season and chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed cutting expenditure.

But they have denied that Tigana's multi-million pound squad are all available for moves as claimed by The Daily Mirror's Martin Lipton.

Fulham announced in a statement: 'The Club would like to assure fans that Jean Tigana has not been ordered to put all his players up for sale.

'Contrary to the article that ran in a tabloid newspaper this morning the Club would like to reassure all fans that Jean Tigana has NOT been ordered to put all his players up for sale.

'The journalist in question was not in attendance at the weekly pre-match press conference and therefore not in a position to clarify the story with a Fulham Football Club official. Had he done so we would clearly have refuted his claims.

'CEO Bruce Langham said, 'I am very annoyed and disappointed that for some newspapers it seems to be open season on Fulham at the moment. I can deny these claims and assure you that we are all focussed on reaching that vital 40 point mark on Saturday and then using the rest of the season to establish as high a position as possible in the Premiership.'
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