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Alain Goma blasts Pompey

last updated Monday 23rd April 2001, 12:45 PM
Alain Goma has hit out at Portsmouth's bully-boy tactics after his Fulham debut was ruined by injury on Saturday.

Goma, who has waited so long to play for The Whites following his £4million move from Newcastle, finally got on the pitch on Saturday at Fratton Park. But his long-awaited debut didn't last long.

Within minutes he was being treated for an elbow in the face and after 44 minutes he limped off after Lee Bradbury bundled him into a perimeter wall.

Goma fumed: "First there was the elbow, then the player pushed me. Just because Fulham are champions it is no reason to play rude football.

"The referees here do not whistle as quickly as they do in the Premiership. There is less protection." Goma obviously didn't take into account Portsmouth's desperate desire to avoid relegation, and Bradbury refused to apologise.

"He pushed me and I pushed him back. I didn't mean to knock him into the wall, he must have been off-balance. Part of the game plan was to get in their faces early on, but that's all."

Goma is now very doubtful for tomorrow's game against Wolves at Craven Cottage.
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