Letter: Hoddle's offence

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Sir: Apparently some people think that Glenn Hoddle is entitled to his opinions and should not have been made to pay for comments made in public, but judged on the performance of the England team.

I wonder whether he would have been sacked last weekend if his comments had been racist or sexist. Of course he would have, and rightly so; yet the FA waited four days to make a decision. Discrimination against the disabled is seen as OK as long as you keep it to yourself. Disabled rights groups have a long way to go in this country before we catch up with Europe, and are light-years behind the US.

He was sacked because of poor performance on the pitch and his comments gave his enemies an opportunity to get rid of him.

NICK PHILLIPS

Solihull, West Midlands

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