Friday 24 November 2017

Pardew slams Remy final day 'fake injury' claims

France's Loic Remy celebrates after scoring the third goal during their international friendly against Norway at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris
France's Loic Remy celebrates after scoring the third goal during their international friendly against Norway at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has flatly denied allowing striker Loic Remy to miss the final-day clash against Liverpool with a fictional injury.

Reports yesterday quoted the France international as saying he had been allowed to miss the 2-1 Premier League trip to Anfield, which would have been the last game of his loan spell from Queens Park Rangers, in order to avoid injury ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.

However, Pardew later issued a statement insisting that was simply untrue amid a backlash from already disgruntled fans.

He said: "Any suggestion that I colluded and agreed with our loan striker Loic Remy that he did not have to play in this game are wholly untrue.

"To suggest that I considered there to be nothing riding on that game is also completely false. Our final league position was at stake, as was the race for the Premier League title for our opponents, Liverpool.

"What is more, each and every one of us associated with the club was desperate to get a result for our supporters, especially those 2,800 travelling fans who made the journey to Anfield that day.

"The reality was that Loic had sustained an ankle injury in our game against Cardiff the previous week.

"Had Loic been fit, then clearly, without question, he would have been selected."

Remy, who joined the Magpies on loan from relegated QPR for the season last summer, scored 14 goals for the club, but was limited to only three appearances in the last three months of the campaign, through injury.

Irish Independent

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