Pajtim Kasami sets the record straight over penalty fine at Fulham

05 October 2011 12:56
Fulham midfielder Pajtim Kasami has denied reports that his penalty miss and apparent ?500 fine by boss Martin Jol have caused unrest among the squad.

Defender Brede Hangeland has also dismissed any idea that he plans to talk to the PFA about the matter.

Reports on Monday suggested manager Jol was facing dressing-room unrest over his decision to fine 19-year-old Swiss midfielder for missing a spot kick in the Carling Cup game against Chelsea when he was not the designated penalty taker.

Paying the penalty: Pajtim Kasami saw his spot-kick come back off the bar

Portuguese striker Orlando Sa was supposed to be on penalty duty that night, but Kasami took the spot kick, which he hit against the bar.

Kasami, who is away on international duty with the Switzerland U21 team, moved to set the record straight over the incident

He said: 'In the heat of the battle at Stamford Bridge I felt confident that I could score when we were awarded a penalty against Chelsea,'

No problem: Kasami says there is no unrest in the Fulham camp after his penalty miss

No talks: Brede Hangeland has denied he is due to speak to the PFA's Bobby Barnes about the matter

'I wasn't fully aware that Orlando Sawas the designated penalty taker for this game, and it was my desire tohelp my Team that resulted in me stepping forward.

'In hindsight I made the wrong decision and I apologised to the manager immediately after the game, andwe agreed it was a miscommunication.

'Any subsequent action taken against me is a confidential matter between me and the Manager, and I am satisfied with the outcome and have no issues about it.

'As for this matter causing any unrest in the camp, these reports are utter rubbish and I am most disappointed that after such a fantastic win on Sunday, this story is making the wrong kind of headlines.'

Hangeland, who was reported to be meeting Bobby Barnes from the PFA to discuss the issue, denied the reports, he said: 'I haven't even spoken to Pajtim about this, so it's news to me that I'll be discussing his fine with the PFA.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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