FOOTBALL: Leicester `Astonished' by Order to Reinstate Wise
Hampson, Andy, The Independent (London, England)
LEICESTER CITY have expressed their anger at being ordered to reinstate their sacked player Dennis Wise by the Football League.
The League's Football Disciplinary Commission ruled the club were wrong to terminate the former England midfielder's contract after an incident involving his team-mate Callum Davidson.
Wise was sent home from the club's pre-season tour of Finland last month after the altercation which left Davidson with a double fracture of the cheekbone. The FDC accepted that Wise had assaulted Davidson but stated that a fine of two weeks' wages was the maximum punishment which could be administered under current League regulations.
Leicester's chairman Martin George said: "We are astonished the Football League regulations do not allow for the dismissal of a player who has committed a serious and unprovoked assault on a fellow professional. We have immediately appealed against the decision in regard to the dismissal." The club expect the appeal to be heard on 28 August.
Wise was suspended by City after the incident in the team hotel and they later took the decision to dispense with his services at a board meeting.
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Publication information: Article title: FOOTBALL: Leicester `Astonished' by Order to Reinstate Wise. Contributors: Hampson, Andy - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: August 24, 2002. Page number: 4. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.