FOOTBALL : Jones pays the price

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Vinnie Jones, who has brought a new meaning to the expression paying through the nose in the last fortnight, learned of another cost yesterday when he was left out of Wimbledon's FA Cup replay against Liverpool at Selhurst Park tonight, writes Guy Hodgson.

Jones was suspended for three matches by his manager, Joe Kinnear, after he admitted biting the nose of a journalist and he now finds his hold on a first-team place has become as fragile as his reputation.

Kinnear, satisfied with his team's 2-1 win against their possible quarter- final opponents, Tottenham Hotspur, said: "He's paid his debt and it's up to him to force his way back in."

Jones retorted: "I've recovered from the problems I've had and said my regrets. Now I just want to get back to playing and enjoying football."

Liverpool are likely to include Neil Ruddock, who missed Saturday's 2- 1 win over Sheffield Wednesday with a suspension. Their goalkeeper, David James, will also play after recovering from knee and thigh injuries.

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