Fan attacked by Cantona denies provocation

A football fan yesterday accused the Manchester United player Eric Cantona of launching an unprovoked attack on him during a Premier League match last season.

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Eric Cantona's rehabilitation was completed yesterday without him kicking a ball - or indeed anything else - when he was elected Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association. His 36 per cent of the vote was comfortably ahead of his nearest challengers, Chelsea's Ruud Gullit and Robbie Fowler of Liverpool.

Remarkably, Eric Cantona almost represents the threadbare notion that s port can still be synonymous with sportsmanship

A view held strongly by members of the football writing fraternity in England is that when voting annually for player of the year we are more likely to come up with the right man than the players themselves.

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A manager at the Prudential insurance company who claims he was unfairly sacked for sexually harassing a teenage trainee described her today as "forward". Michael Jennings, 47, told an industrial tribunal at Croydon, south London, of his first encounter with the 17-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

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On the way out of Old Trafford on Tuesday night one of the dozens of street traders who fur up Sir Matt Busby Way on match days was doing his best to cheer up the hordes who had just seen their team stumble out of Europe yet again.

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