Has Emre Played His Last Game?

Last updated : 28 January 2007 By Footy Mad - Editor

The Newcastle midfielder Emre has requested a personal hearing with the Football Association as he continues to fight allegations of racism.

But if the result goes against him he says he will quit Newcastle and the Premiership!

If convicted, he could face a lengthy ban, a heavy fine or both. But the player insists if he IS charged he will leave the country.

Glenn Roeder added to the troubles by insisting "any player who is found guilty of racism should be banned by his club for at least six months".

Roeder: "We have black players in our squad, and I'd have been shocked if Emre had said anything that was racist. It's something I will not tolerate.

"I grew up with black people and black players. If I ever had the feeling that any of the players here were racist, I wouldn't stay at Newcastle. What we need to do if a person is found guilty of racist abuse is to come down hard, really hard.

"I am not talking about three, six or 10 games. If it's proven someone has racially abused another player, we cut them out, take them out for six months or a season. Take them out lock stock.

"I am very, very strong on this."

Emre: "I didn't say anything, but I am being painted as a bad boy. If I get a ban, I will quit England. I will walk away. I'm not the kind of person I am being made out to be. I can't even speak English that well. I have never had any problems like this with another player in any game and I would never make a racist comment about anyone."