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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Hoolahan facing slap on wrists from Canaries after off-air remarks

Garry Doyle

Irish international Wes Hoolahan has landed himself in hot water after making disparaging remarks about Norwich City.

The 31-year-old Dubliner – whose bid to leave the club has been blocked – used expletives to describe his current employers in an off-air exchange with a television reporter.

Norwich have launched an investigation into the incident and have made it clear they will not be using Hoolahan in tomorrow's game against Cardiff City.

"This is something I will have to investigate," said manager Chris Hughton. "What I have always been able to do is front the media on something I have knowledge of and can speak of in an appropriate and correct way.

"We know it is an unsettling time for players in that situation (out of the team), but it won't be the first or the last time you have to deal with situations like that and it is my responsibility as manager to do so.

"There are procedures you have at the club, whether a player wants to go or whether the club want to keep that player. At this moment, Wes is very much a Norwich player."

Hoolahan's frustration, however, is understandable. Villa have promised him game-time and a pay increase, but, because of the animosity between the two clubs, a move to Paul Lambert's side has been ruled out.

However, Norwich would consider selling Hoolahan to a Championship club if they were to meet their £2.5m asking price.

Irish Independent

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