Friday 19 January 2018

Shop shut up on Shakhtar

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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