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Football: Players fail to wise up as the world eavesdrops.

Byline: Len Capeling

WHAT the internet allows us is the chance to eavesdrop on the world as we tootle along its multi- million mile highway.

That is why no footballer can whisper the words ``Everton'', ``Liverpool'',or ``Dissatisfaction'' anywhere on earth without an alarm bell ringing on the Daily Post sports desk.

Last week,El Hadji Diouf kidded himself that an inflammatory statement made to the Senegal Sentinel would not find its way back to our listening post on the banks of the Mersey.

He followed Thomas Gravesen,Niclas Alexandersson and Dietmar Hamann in being indiscreet within sight and sound of a correspondent with access to the ether.

You'd think footballers would have wised up by now,knowing that the remotest mountain kingdom now has access to 21st Century technology and knows the value of linking a soccer star's name to the words ``discontent'' and ``displeasure''.

With Diouf it was the word ``attack'' that set journalistic tongues wagging. Having had a fairly lucky escape after his Parkhead spat, theSenegal striker wanted a select African audience to know that a pat on the head from a passer-by outside a stadium would result in a huge fight.

We don't yet know how he would react to someone spitting in his face. But no doubt he and the internet will tell us soon enough.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 2, 2003
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