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Moore denies club's drunkenness claim

By Guy Hand 23/05/2005 06:52:42 PM Comments (0)

Socceroos captain Craig Moore has emphatically denied turning up drunk for a training session, leading to his sacking from German club Borussia Moenchengladbach.

A Football Federation of Australia (FFA) spokesman said Moore had rejected the allegation by the club's sporting director Peter Pander.

He said Moore planned to contact the club to seek clarification of Pander's comments.

Agence France-Presse reported Pander as saying an inebriated Moore arrived at Thursday's training session and the club had decided to immediately terminate his contract, which ran until June 2006.

"They must be professionals and I cannot accept what Craig (Moore) did," said Pander.

"We have cancelled his contract for this reason. We have not given him a send-off because we do not want to see him again."

But Moore, who has just started a holiday in the United States, has denied the claim through the FFA.

He said he and the club had agreed to mutually terminate his contract after the current German season, which ended on Sunday.

Gladbach had released a three-paragraph statement on its web site announcing Moore's departure from the club, with no mention of any drunken episode at training.

"Borussia Moenchengladbach have dissolved the contract with Craig Moore (with) immediate effect," the statement said.

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