Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hugo without Viana

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hugo without Viana

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Byline: By Alan Oliver

Newcastle United have warned Sporting Lisbon to forget all about playing Hugo Viana against them should the two teams be paired together in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup, (writes Alan Oliver).

While they accept they are in the driving seat against Olympiakos, United are not counting their chickens before tonight's second leg at St James' Park.

But Sporting Lisbon believe they are already through against Middlesbrough after their 3-2 victory on Teesside in the first leg last Thursday night.

United chairman Freddy Shepherd has already had calls from Lisbon asking about the situation regarding Viana should the two teams be paired together in the last eight when the draw is made in Switzerland on Friday.

"We did not allow Hugo to play for Sporting in the group match earlier in the season and the situation won't be changing if we both get through and get drawn against each other." said Shepherd today.

"We love Hugo as a person and also as a player but it's all in writing that he will not play against us. …

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