Relief for Pompey striker - and a new plea from Grant
By Site reporter
Sunday 25 Apr 2010 21:22:00
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Aruna Dindane has told of relief at being to play for Pompey for the rest of the season – and in the FA Cup final – as Avram Grant steps up the campaign to get the FA and Premier League to relent over the Blues’ Euro ban.

Dindane showed his worth to Pompey with a two-goal rescue act at Bolton to earn a point, after which Grant again said the club’s players and fans deserved to play in Europe for reaching the FA Cup final.


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Dindane said: ‘It is a relief that I can play again. If you are a footballer then it is frustrating if a bit of paper stops you from doing your job. But now I am back. I can play and I am enjoying being out on the pitch again doing what I love.

‘We tried to do the best we could against Bolton. It wasn't easy but we kept fighting and showed a lot of spirit. It has been a difficult season for Portsmouth but the fans have always been great. I am happy for them that we were able to come back.’

Grant was also pleased by the comeback and believes it is further evidence Pompey deserve some reward after a season of turmoil.

‘We are suffering because of the mistakes of others. We have been punished with nine points deducted and now regarding Europe. I cannot accept this. It is not fair play. I hope nobody says to me rules are rules. Liverpool finished fifth and got in the Champions League,’ said Grant.

‘According to the rules they should be not have been in the Champions League. But the rules were changed especially for them and they played.

‘It's logical. This is a Cinderella story. This is what English football is about, not just about the rich.

‘This club deserves to be in Europe next year. It is easier to come from 2-0 down than to fight to decision that is not logical.

‘I think these players and these fans they are keeping the English tradition of fighting and never giving up. Someone in the FA and Premier League need to say...we need to give them a reward.’

The News is also actively backing the campaign for Europe, even though some fans believe playing in the Europa League could stretch the club’s resources when they are trying to stabilise in the Championship.

They will be joined in next season’s second tier by Burnley, whose inevitable relegation was confirmed by a home defeat to Liverpool, while Hull will also go down unless they can make up six points and 23 goals on West Ham in two games.

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