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Viduka denies Kewell row

03/12/2002 05:41:47 AM Comments (0)

Socceroo Mark Viduka denied he was feuding with fellow Australian and Leeds teammate Harry Kewell and claimed his comments last week were taken out of context.

Viduka was quoted saying he and Kewell have hardly spoken in the two years they have been teammates at Elland Road.

He also said he would not play for Australia against England next February if Kewell's manager Bernie Mandic succeeded in his push to have his client appointed captain.

But Leeds issued a statement denying there was a feud between Australia's two biggest soccer names.

"The comments in that interview were taken totally out of context," Viduka said in the statement.

"I have never had a problem with Harry at all. Harry is a quiet guy and we are different types off the field but it is totally untrue to say that we have rarely spoken for two years."

Kewell had also played down the issue in a separate statement.

"I have never had a problem with Mark and have no idea what he's trying to achieve with his comments," he said.

Mandic, who also managed Viduka until they fell out over his handling of the striker's transfer from Zagreb to Scottish club Celtic three years ago, denied he had been pushing Australian coach Frank Farina to dump another Leeds teammate Paul Okon as captain in favour of Kewell.

In another controversy surrounding a high profile Australian in the premier league, the Professional Footballers' Association has accused Chelsea of breaching its contract with Mark Bosnich by suspending him following a positive drugs test.

The PFA said it had seen the letter Chelsea sent to Bosnich suspending the goalkeeper indefinitely from his STG42,000 ($A117,000) a week deal until the results of his B sample were released.

However, PFA deputy chief executive Mick McGuire said the club was not permitted to take that action.

"A club can't suspend a player for longer than 14 days. They should check the contract," McGuire told the Evening Standard newspaper.

Chelsea has refused to confirm the suspension, insisting it was a confidential matter.

Bosnich's A sample tested positive to cocaine and he was awaiting the results of his B sample.

Chelsea is known to have wanted a way to get rid of the expensively idle Bosnich who has not played in the first team in over 12 months and has only played seven games since joining the club from Manchester United in early 2001.

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