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Football: TROUBLED TIMES OF IAN WRIGHT.

1985: Moves to Crystal Palace on free from Greenwich Borough.

1990: Misses FA Cup semi defeat of Liverpool with a broken leg but comes off the bench to score twice in 3-3 draw with Manchester United in Cup final. Palace lose replay.

1991: Makes England debut in 2-0 defeat of Cameroon. Signs for Arsenal for pounds 2.5m. Fined pounds 1500 for spitting at and making obscene gestures to Oldham fans.

1992: Serves a three-match ban after a TV replay spotted him punching Tottenham's David Howells.

1993: Scores his first England goal in 1-1 draw with Poland in World Cup qualifier. An obscene gesture at linesman during the FA Cup final two months before costs Wright a further pounds 5000.

1994: Misses Cup Winners' Cup final win over Parma after being booked in semi-defeat of Paris SG.

1995: Part of the Arsenal side which loses Cup Winners' Cup final to Real Zaragoza. Apologises to the FA after calling referees 'incompetent little Hitlers'.

1996: First of two clashes with Man United keeper Peter Schmeichel. Escapes action after calling David Pleat a "pervert". Sent off at Nottingham Forest

1997: Admits he challenged Schmeichel "maliciously" at Highbury but FA take no action. Misconduct charge over comments to a referee. Two days later charged again after apparently barging into a steward at Coventry - given pounds 15,000 fine covering the two incidents.

Charged with misconduct after bust-up with Leicester's Steve Walsh, but later cleared. Police investigate after Wright is seen leaning out of window at Highbury after Blackburn game shouting at Arsenal supporters.

1998: Ruled out of the World Cup.

Joins West Ham in the close season.

1999: Banned for three matches and fined pounds 17,500 after trashing referee's room following sending-off against Leeds on May 1. Joins Celtic on a free transfer from West Ham on October 26.

2000: Faces SFA misconduct charge for pushing fourth official Willie Young after Kilmarnock v Celtic game on January 23.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 26, 2000
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