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BRIAN READE: No spitting hairs, Diouf did lie to us.

Byline: BRIAN READE

AFTER El-Hadji Diouf was banned for spitting at Portsmouth's Arjan De Zeeuw, he defended himself thus: "I wasn't aware of the culture that surrounds spitting in England. In France, it is more serious to thump somebody than to spit at them."

Which I thought was a laughable bleat from a toe-rag.

But now that the French FA have slapped a six-month ban on Fabien Barthez for spitting at a referee, I've changed my mind.

Now I KNOW he's a lying toe-rag and all that's laughable is the gutless wimps at Soho Square who handed this repugnant gobber a piddling three-week ban.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 23, 2005
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