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Football: Aragones gets slap on wrist.


SPANISH soccer chiefs last night sparked outrage by fining national coach Luis Aragones just pounds 2,000 for calling Thierry Henry a "black s**t".

Critics had called for a much heftier punishment or even his sacking following his disgraceful comments, allegedly meant to motivate Henry's Arsenal team-mate Jose Antonio Reyes.

But Aragones got off lightly yesterday for his insult - made ahead of Spain's friendly with England in November - and anti-racism group Kick It Out slammed the meagre penalty. Spokesman Leon Mann said last night: "We expected very little from the Spanish Federation and we are not surprised by this pitiful fine. The only positive is that it has been recognised what he said was racist."


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 2, 2005
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