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Ferguson still unhappy with 'childish' SFA

16 Sep 2010 - 11:30:57

Birmingham City midfielder Barry Ferguson has hinted that he has not ruled out the possibility of returning to international action in the future.

The 32-year-old former Scotland captain was banned by the Scottish Football Association for taking part in a late-night drinking session and making gestures to the media while sitting at Hampden as a substitute against Iceland.

However, since leaving Rangers for St Andrew's, Ferguson has revived his career and admits it is difficult not being part of the Scotland squad as they continue their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

"You can never say never in football. I don't have a fear of going out and being booed," he said. "It was the way it ended. I thought it was childish, to be told you will not represent your country again by fax.

"I held my hands up. I was stupid. People can have a go and say I was having a go at the fans. That was nonsense. I made a stupid decision in the game, doing what I did in front of the media. I let my family and the nation down.

"I'd have accepted the decision if someone had picked up the phone and said, 'You're finished with Scotland because of your antics at the game'.

"But to captain Scotland is the pinnacle of your career, is it not?

"My break from internationals gives me more time to spend time with the family. But to be asked back, it does play on your mind. It's not an easy decision to make."


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