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Football: Norway stars in 5am bar shame.

By DAVID McCARTHY

NORWAY'S preparations for tomorrow's World Cup showdown with Scotland have been thrown into chaos after a two players stayed out partying until 5am.

Manchester United star Henning Berg and his Panathanikos team-mate Erik Mykland hit bars near their base in La Baule before heading for the Paradise Club, where they danced until dawn on Saturday morning.

The players denied that they had been drinking but owned up to staying out all night after bumping into a group of Norwegian journalists at the club.

Norway coach Egil Olsen is furious - but he has not sent them home and they will play against Scotland.

It is understood their claims that they were not drinking saved them. But the owner of one of the bars they were in says that is not true.

Benoit Alers, who runs the Bax Bar next door to the Paradise Club, said: "Henning Berg was not drunk but he had one or two beers and left at 1am. I don't know if he was drinking at the night club but when he left here he was fine."

Berg was instructed by Olsen to say nothing, but the player did say: "I have spoken to Egil Olsen and explained things.

"I still hope to play against Scotland and I will be disappointed if I don't.

Olsen said: "I am very disappointed - and so are some of their team-mates.

"They abused our system. I considered sending them home, but this will not affect team selection."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 15, 1998
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