Thatcher attacks Toshack 'taunts'
Wednesday 05 October 2005
The Manchester City defender has made himself unavailable for the Group Six games with Northern Ireland in Belfast on Saturday and against Azerbaijan in Cardiff next Wednesday. Thatcher claims that a "gentleman's agreement" not to air their differences in public has been broken by Toshack.
The breakdown of the relationship between the pair, claimed Thatcher, came in a mobile phone row in which Toshack claimed Thatcher was scared to play in Poland because of what had happened involving Thatcher when the countries met in Cardiff last year. Thatcher was alleged to have stamped on Polish midfielder Kamil Kosowolski, and was then banned for two matches, with the Poland return in Warsaw his first game back.
Toshack admitted last week that there had been a frank exchange of views.
Thatcher said: "The manager has questioned my commitment and credibility in public and I feel I have no choice but to defend myself.I would have absolutely relished a battle in Poland. I will not be spoken to by anyone in the manner he spoke to me on the phone. The whole tone was in a taunting fashion, accusing me of ducking out of the game."
Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas
Latest in Sport
Manchester United official team photo: Antonio Valencia and Anderson pull the funniest faces
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt, including Danny Welbeck must be more clinical and Hector Bellerin debut
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal player ratings: How did Ozil and Welbeck do in Germany?
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Mesut Ozil given the worst rating possible by German newspaper Bild after poor performance
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
- 2 Isis release 'Flames of War' video warning Obama of attacks troops could face in Iraq
- 3 Pakistani passenger power forces two politicians off plane
- 4 Say yes to 'no-poo': It's been three years since I stopped washing my hair