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Platt's all for one and one for all.

David Platt yesterday explained why he is prepared to take the rap with all the England squad.

The England captain, and a man in the traditions of Gary Lineker and Bobby Charlton, is clearly not among the culprits.

Yet he agrees with the "all for one, and one for all" policy that, in reality, is a smokescreen for not flushing out the guilty men.

The FA passively accepted the decision for the entire squad to foot the bill for the pounds 5,000 damage on the Cathay Pacific flight.

Platt at least had the dignity to face the inevitable inquisition and said: "We got together on Sunday night and had a long chat about it.

"We believe we've dealt with the problem now, whether or not what we have done is right or wrong in the eyes of some people.

"We have decided on the principle of collective responsibility. Everybody was at the meeting and it was a group decision."

Platt added: "In the last few days there have been seven or eight pages about what happened in all the tabloid newspapers. Things have been said on TV about people who weren't even there. But there is a responsibility to be taken as damage was done."

Aston Villa's Gareth Southgate did accept that the players had been in the wrong and said: "It was important for us to sort it out as we didn't want anything lingering on.

"We've stated our collective regret about what happened. Everybody realises what went on was unacceptable and we want to push on from here."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Harris, Harry
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 5, 1996
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