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[21 APR 00] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Strachan Anger At Moroccan Authorities

Coventry boss Gordon Strachan has taken another swipe at the ‘selfish’ Morocco football authorities.

YOUSSEF CHIPPO, Coventry City FC
YOUSSEF CHIPPO

MOUSTAPHA HADJI, Coventry City FC
MOUSTAPHA HADJI

First off the infuriated manager said it was crazy that the North African country should arrange a World Cup Qualifying match for Saturday when they had several players in their squad who earned their wages playing in Europe.

It means Coventry go into the match against West Ham United at Upton Park without their influential midfield duo of Moustapha Hadji and Youssef Chippo.

Strachan was further incensed when he learned that Chippo was taking a fitness test on his injured knee to check whether he could play against Gambia.

Strachan raged:

"Our club doctor told me last weekend that Youssef would not be able to play on Saturday. Morocco insisted he travelled to join up with their squad and now we hear is he having a fitness test.

"That can only mean he has an injury and in that case should not play. It’s okay for Morocco, they only need him to play one match for them. We have the remainder of the season to think about. We believe he is unfit and the situation is getting ridiculous.

"FIFA should take a look at the situation with all countries. If Chippo aggravates his injury and cannot play in our last three matches then Morocco should be made to pay his wages.

"Our hands are tied, but we shall make representations to the FA about this."

Strachan could be forced into fielding a new formation at Upton Park tomorrow. Gary McAllister is the only fit first choice midfielder and he could opt to play Steve Froggatt and Paul Telfer as wing backs.

Cedric Roussel will undergo a fitness test today to decide if he travels with the rest of the party this evening.
  

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