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Fulham boss baffled by UEFA decision
Published : 02 Oct 2009 07:08:00
Roy Hodgson rounded on UEFA after Fulham were forced to play Thursday's 1-0 Europa League victory over Basle without a replacement goalkeeper. Fulham failed in an attempt to have Pascal Zuberbuhler registered for the match at 24 hours notice after David Stockdale and the club's B-list keepers were injured. Hodgson is mystified by UEFA's decision which he believes has damaged the credibility of the competition. "UEFA refused our request to replace the injured Stockdale with Zuberbuhler on the basis they didn't think the injury was sufficiently long term," he said. "It wouldn't have been so bad if the two 18-year-old keepers we had weren't injured as well. But Mark Schwarzer, who played, and Zuberbuhler are our only fit keepers. "It's a decision we dispute. We think the game would be denigrated if an outfield player was in goal because your keeper became injured."