Hodgson defends Dikgacoi

05 October 2009 09:25
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson was less than impressed with the sending-off of Kagisho Dikgacoi in the 2-2 draw at West Ham United. The South African midfielder was dismissed shortly before half-time for a clash with Scott Parker, but Hodgson felt that it was little more than 'handbags'. He told Sky Sports: "It didn't look too violent to me, I've got to say. The lad has come out of South Africa and was playing his first match. "I don't know what happened between the two players, but I'm always disappointed when professional players get sent off for something that the word 'handbags' would be an exaggeration. "I come from a time of playing football when there was quite a lot of violence on the football field and people actually did get head-butted and get kicked and people got hurt. "I have a problem getting my head around two players nose to nose and one of them sent off for violent conduct. I have a problem with that." "At most you could accuse him of being naive, that I suppose is a crime, but he's devastated and he's got my sympathy."

Source: ESA