Shop shut up on Shakhtar
Published 18/02/2010 | 05:00
SHAKHTAR Donetsk were given an added incentive in their defence of the Europa League at Craven Cottage yesterday when their players were refused entry to Harrods -- the luxury store owned by Fulham owner and chairman Mohamed Al Fayed.
Shakhtar, last season's Uefa Cup winners, have been in England since the weekend and watched Fulham's 4-0 FA Cup win over Notts County on Sunday.
On Tuesday, when they went to Harrods -- most were wearing black club tracksuits -- they were turned away, despite being among the best-paid players in eastern Europe.
A spokesman for the Ukrainian club said: "The players explained that this was a football team and they didn't tend to take tuxedos to the training camp to go shopping. But those explanations were fruitless."
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson, said: "I'm very surprised to hear about this. Normally, the chairman loves people to spend their money with him."
As well as missing up to six first-team players through injury, Hodgson cannot call upon new loan signings Nicky Shorey or Stefano Okaka, who are cup-tied.
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