Bellamy fury at FA charge

Last updated : 17 March 2003 By Martyn Elliott

Referee Andy D’Urso reported the Welsh Wizard to the FA for comments he is alleged to have made at the end of the 1-0 defeat at Middlesbrough, leaving Bellamy more than a little perplexed.

"I'm facing a misconduct charge which I cannot understand. I cannot believe the referee has reported me. All I've been thinking about since I found out was where was I supposed to have done what he says," he told The Journal after Saturday’s win at Charlton.

"I feel as though I've been picked on because of my reputation. I'm annoyed but I've got to get on with it and play my football. I've gained a reputation for being a bad boy, but I've also gained a reputation for being a good player and that is the most important thing.

"There is no way I dived for the penalty and the replays show that.

"I got booed at Charlton and I get boos everywhere. If other fans don't like me it's because I'm a threat on the pitch.

"The most important thing is that the Newcastle United fans appreciate me and it meant a lot that when the Charlton fans were booing me they were singing my name. They realise I give my all for the team and that I want to win. I didn't dive and I didn't respond to the rough treatment I got."