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Football: Blackburn suspend Irish star in new club scandal.



Byline: Andy DUNN and Simon LENNON

CRISIS-HIT Blackburn have been rocked by another scandal which has forced them to suspend their top Irish teenage striker.

Jonathan Walters Jonathan Walters (known as Jon; born 20 September 1983 in Birkenhead) is a professional footballer who currently plays as a striker for Ipswich Town F.C.

Jonathan started his career at Blackburn Rovers scoring plenty of goals for their youth team before moving to Bolton
 was seen as the club's hottest young property but his Ewood Park Ewood Park is a football stadium in Blackburn, Lancashire and the home of Blackburn Rovers football club. The stadium, which opened in 1890, is an all seater facility which holds 31,367 people and has a pitch size of 115 x 76 yards.  career is over after a serious 'breach of club discipline'.

Walters, who has England and Ireland battling for his allegiance, will not play for the club again after an internal investigation into claims that players' items had gone missing from the training-ground dressing room.

The trouble came in the week boss Graeme Souness Graeme James Souness (IPA: ['suːnəs]) (born 6 May, 1953 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish former professional football player and manager.  had to deal with the fall-out from the exposure of Garry Flitcroft Garry William Flitcroft (born November 6, 1972 in Bolton, Lancashire, England) is a former English football player.

Flitcroft's career started in 1991 with Manchester City, for whom he had played for most of his career, albeit having a brief spell at Bury in March 1992.
 as the Premiership's most infamous love rat.

Rovers chief executive John Williams confirmed: "Jonathan Walters has been suspended for a breach of club discipline. He is currently having trials with another club."

Middlesbrough are the club believed to be ready to hand Wallasey-born Walters a lifeline.

Ewood Park insiders said he was a "quiet lad" and that his actions were "totally out of character."

Souness rates Walters highly but accepted the findings of the investigation.

Walters, 18, was the star of the Rovers team that reached the Youth Cup Final last season and was considered a certainty to break into the first team next season.

He was unavailable for comment last night, but his father, James, said: "It's not true. He is still in the Blackburn academy."

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Mar 31, 2002
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