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21/10/2002

If I had a second to think!

If I had a second to think!

I handled the ball but it was just instinctive. When I saw their striker about to shoot the only thing I could think of was how to prevent him from scoring. Unfortunately I did it in the wrong way. The referee had no other choice, but to send me off.

The last time I was sent off was about 3 1/2 years ago, a few days before Bobby Robson was named our manager. We were playing away against Manchester United. It a sense it is an achievement for a defender to stay clear from a red card for so long. Unfortunately the clock has now been reset. I just hope that it will take another 3 1/2 year before the next one and to be honest I would not mind if it is a bit late...

Actually, it is a bit ironic, but I am also suspended for the Champions League games against Juventus, as I have accumulated three yellow cards. I really can not see the time to return to the squad.


Nikos Dabizas

 

232 Appearances in England (175 for Newcastle United, 18 for Leicester in the Premier League and 39 for Leicester in the Championship). Total League-Cup-Europe appearances 550. National Team appearances 70. Goals total 40.