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No evidence on spitting claims: Jets

By Nick Ralston 28/11/2005 06:23:54 PM Comments (0)

Newcastle Jets officials have examined match footage of their A-League clash against Perth Glory and say there is no evidence to support a spitting allegation against one of their players.

Perth coach Steve McMahon made the allegation after Friday night's game that Uruguayan fullback Mateo Corbo spat at Glory midfielder Billy Celeski during the Jets' 1-0 win.

The Glory on Monday submitted a statement to Football Federation Australia (FFA) about the incident, with the FFA saying officials would analyse the match footage, as they did with all the weekend's games.

But Newcastle spokesman Angelo Picca said the club had reviewed the tape again on Monday and saw nothing that supported McMahon's claims.

"We've done our own little research with Fox (sports) and we haven't seen anything, the ABC commentators didn't see anything at the time (and) we didn't see anything either," he said.

"We've asked Mateo, he said Billy Celeski complained to the referee but (Mateo) has denied it occurred, and the linesman said he didn't see anything.

"All we have is Steve McMahon's report."

But Picca said while the Jets saw no "evidence that supported the claims", the club was not saying that "nothing had happened."

The FFA may be able to review the match footage from different camera angles that the Jets did not have access to, he said.

While the incident was not reported during the match, the FFA said there were "options" to punish Corbo if he was found to have spat at Celeski.

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