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The Irish News Archive - Sep 26 1998: Paolo Di Canio poised to issue apology for assault on referee Paul Alcock

Paolo Di Canio (left)
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SHAMED Sheffield Wednesday striker Paolo Di Canio is set to issue an apology for his assault on referee Paul Alcock – and then throw himself at the mercy of the Football Association.

The FA have confirmed they are to slap a gross misconduct charge on Di Canio, who has already been indefinitely suspended by the club, once they receive Alcock’s report on the game.

The Italian will be hauled before an FA disciplinary commission which have wideranging powers of authority – he could be banned for at least six months, or even be thrown out of the English game altogether.

Meanwhile, the disgraceful scenes at Hillsborough have even forced Alcock into considering his future as a referee.

When Alcock brandished the red card in the face of the 30-year-old Italian for his attack on Martin Keown during an unsightly brawl, which had been sparked by Wim Jonk’s shirt-tug on Patrick Vieira, it was like a red rag to a bull.

Within a split second, he shoved the Redhill official to the ground, before storming off down the tunnel, out of Hillsborough and possibly out of English football.

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CLIFTONVILLE boss Marty Quinn has decided to release English striker Tony Agana after his side’s first league win of the season.

There is no direct connection, however. Quinn was not impressed by his side’s showing, despite the 2-1 defeat of Omagh Town, but felt that the former Sheffield United and Notts County forward had not done enough to earn another month’s contract.

Having said that, Quinn did not disguise his dismay at the champions’s display, even after late goals from skipper Mickey Donnelly and Tommy McCallion overcame Eamonn Sheridan’s opener.

“This was the complete opposite of the past four or five league games, when we played well with little reward. Saturday was one of our poorest performances, but we got the three points.

“Obviously I was pleased with the win, it looked as if we weren’t going to get anything.''

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SELF-confessed perfectionist Colin Montgomerie yesterday headed straight for the practice ground despite being just one off the pace after the second round of the Linde German Masters.

The Scot gave himself only seven out of 10 following his first-round 65 which left him tied for the lead and on course for a sixth straight Order of Merit title.

Darren Clarke looked to be well set to stay in contention with his two rivals as he opened with four early birdies to improve to seven under, only to drop two shots on the inward half leave Ireland’s top golfer six shots adrift of the British pair. However one Irishman did have an excellent day, Padraig Harrington shot a superb 64 to join a group of six players on 133, one shot behind leader Singh.

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DON King’s telephone call was well-timed. It came shortly before Lennox Lewis beat the man but could not blast the granite chin and big heart of Croatia’s Zeljko Mavrovic in Uncasville on Saturday night.

King called Lewis’ promoter Panos Eliades with a “good luck” message and begin probing a superfight against WBA and IBF champion Evander Holyfield early next year.

It might just have been expensive talk, but nevertheless was enough encouragement for the Lewis camp to develop the inquiry and hopefully turn heavyweight boxing’s hottest fight from fantasy into fact.

If King’s overture comes to nothing in the next couple of weeks, alternative plans will be put into motion for a December 12 WBC heavyweight title defence, quite probably against America’s Lou Savarese.

And once Lewis had failed to overpower Mavrovic although taking a wide, unanimous verdict at the Mohegan Reservation, King may be even keener to pow wow.

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