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Dyer may never convince some people.

Byline: By Alan Oliver

There is no doubt what the biggest talking point has been among the Newcastle United supporters this week.

It's the claim that Kieron Dyer was abused by some of his own fans during last Saturday's home game with Southampton.

I'm told it happened when Dyer went out for his warm-down after the match.

Dyer, of course, has endured a lot of criticism in his last few seasons at St James' Park ( for a variety of reasons.

But undoubtedly his greatest sin was refusing to play on the right wing for Sir Bobby Robson in the opening game of the season at Middlesbrough.

I said at the time that Dyer should not kick another ball for United but again for a variety of reasons this did not happen.

A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then and Dyer has sweated just as much as anyone in United's cause.

That's why I believe it's now time to move on and remember that a boo or a jeer at Dyer is a boo or jeer against Newcastle United.

I wrote just that in the Chronicle on Tuesday and I have had several critical e-mails for doing so.

It's still a messy business and I'm afraid that Kieron Dyer is going to have to accept that he may never be forgiven by some United fans.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 22, 2005
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