Injured Zerouali set to miss Olympic experience

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Aberdeen striker Hicham Zerouali's Olympic dreams appear to be over after he suffered a suspected dislocated ankle during yesterday's 1-1 draw at Motherwell.

Aberdeen striker Hicham Zerouali's Olympic dreams appear to be over after he suffered a suspected dislocated ankle during yesterday's 1-1 draw at Motherwell.

The Moroccan international was carried off on a stretcher during the first half at Fir Park after a ferocious challenge by Don Goodman.

Lee McCulloch, scoring his second goal in as many games, rescued a point for Motherwell. after Robbie Winters had put Aberdeen ahead in the tenth minute.

However, the Motherwell manager Billy Davies, who labelled his side's attitude abysmal, locked his players in the dressing-room for 45 minutes after the match.

Meanwhile, the Dundee manager Ivano Bonetti and his Hearts counterpart John Jefferies were embroiled in a bitter disagreement after watching their teams draw 1-1.

After the home side had taken the lead in the 57th minute through Fabian Caballero, Hearts fought back to equalise with five minutes to go, after Bonetti, on as a second- half substitute, conceded a penalty which allowed Colin Cameron to level from the spot.

Jefferies was seething after the game, claiming that the shirt-pulling and diving tactics of the Dundee team went against the spirit of the game.

He said: "Justice was done at the end of the day. There was shirt-pulling and diving from them on a number of occasions and they were punished for it at the end.

But Bonetti refuted Jefferies' criticism and replied: "We were a much better team than Hearts. They claim they are the third force in Scotland, but I don't believe it...we are a much better team."

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