Football: Aldridge on Charge for Cuffing Opponent
Griffiths, Wyn, The Independent (London, England)
JOHN ALDRIDGE, the Tranmere Rovers manager, has admitted giving Leicester City's Theo Zagorakis "a clip around the ear" during the Worthington Cup final, an action which yesterday earned him a Football Association misconduct charge.
Aldridge was incensed when Zagorakis, who was on the substitutes' bench, applauded the referee for dismissing Clint Hill, the Tranmere defender, after he fouled Emile Heskey in Sunday's match which Leicester went on to win 2-1. Aldridge has 14 days to respond to the charge and request a personal hearing.
Aldridge said: "I got carried away in the heat of the moment. I was really upset to see a fellow professional applauding a sending- off. I didn't punch him but I gave him a little clip around the ear. There was nothing malicious in it whatsoever. Zagorakis apologised. I had a word with him after the game; he had no problem with me and just wanted to say sorry for applauding."
Alex Rae, the Sunderland midfielder, was also charged with misconduct yesterday after elbowing Darryl Powell, the Derby County captain, during the 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. …