Support for Shearer

Last updated : 30 November 2002 By Martyn Elliott

The French winger described the treatment of Shearer as the worst he has seen, telling the Daily Record: "It is very difficult for Alan. He is fouled all the time and elbowed a lot.

"After every game he comes into the dressing room covered in bruises. I have never seen anything like it.

"Defenders always give him a hard time because he is such a great player. But Alan just gets on with it and never complains."

To back up Robert is the fact that Fabio Cannavaro only received a booking for fouling Alan 11 times on Wednesday, which obviously wasn’t lost on Sunday Telegraph writer Patrick Barclay.

After the Dynamo Kyiv victory Barclay had described Shearer as a cheat, but speaking on Five Live last night he expressed sympathy for him – complaining that the provocation from the Italians had been too great.