Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

There's Just No End to Marlet Misery

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

There's Just No End to Marlet Misery

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Byline: LEO SPALL

WHEN Steve Marlet said November had been one of the worst months of his life he thought brighter times were on the horizon.

The Fulham striker was sure his fortunes would improve after he scored the own-goal which gifted Arsenal a win at Loftus Road, was sent off at Birmingham for kicking out at Robbie Savage and missed a penalty in a 2-1 defeat at Blackburn.

But today the France international is mourning his club's elimination from the UEFA Cup by Hertha Berlin as the controversy surrounding his pound sterling11.5million move from Olympique Lyonnais to the Premiership last year continues.

Marlet can be in no doubt that his nadir has gone into extra-time and there is very little he can do to end it. Playing-wise he is suspended for one more league game and will not play against Birmingham on Sunday at Loftus Road.

Off the pitch, the imminent court battle between Marlet's agents - company BMB run by brothers Sebastien and Pascal Boisseau - and Fulham chairman Mohamed Fayed over a commission and alleged double dealing is out of his hands.

The suspicions about the clubrecord fee going via Lyon and ending up in the wrong pockets are also, he says, not his concern. Marlet-said: "No one has spoken to me about it all and I do not care about what has been going on.

"I am surprised because this is the first time it has happened to me, but I am not concerned by any of this stuff. I have kept my focus on the football because I am a professional and I have nothing to hide.

"It is true that I had a clause in my contract at Lyon which meant I got money when I moved but I cancelled it. Sometimes you have to lose an advantage to leave a club and I do not know where the problem is."

Marlet may be putting a brave face on things and was quite clear that nothing had happened to make him want to leave Fulham.

But agent Sebastien Boisseau today refused to comment on claims that the furore surrounding the striker's transfer to the Premiership had unsettled him enough to make him look for a move.

If that is really how Marlet feels, it was not obvious in the way he played last night. …

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