Sir: I am amazed that the weekend newspapers express no sympathy for Eric Cantona as he tried to get away from the British press on holiday.

Rather than being thrown out of English football, he should be congratulated for maintaining his privacy, and should have been left alone by ITN to have his holiday. It is, after all, why he went away: to get away from the media circus. Isn't it time that the press recognised that privacy is something that one is entitled to, particularly when one has travelled thousands of miles to get it.

It is the action of the press that should be condemned, rather than that of the individual on a private holiday.

Your faithfully,

Keith Searby

London, W4

13 February