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Roeder refuses to be riled by sick taunts

Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder has shrugged off claims he was taunted by Arsenal fans who called him 'tumour boy'.

The Magpies boss was reportedly targeted by a small number of supporters behind his dug-out during Saturday's 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

When Roeder, who had a brain operation in 2003 while in charge at West Ham, got up to give instructions from his technical area there were allegedly shouts 'Sit down, tumour boy'.

He suffered similar abuse on his return to Upton Park in September.

Roeder, however, claimed he did not hear the chants at the weekend and would not waste any time on them even if he had.

'If a supporter is critical of a brain tumour I had three and a half years ago, I wouldn't respect him anyway,' said the under-pressure Newcastle boss.

'It's not going to bother me. I didn't hear it. Lucky I'm deaf.'

An Arsenal spokesperson said: 'We have not actually had any complaints on the issue,

'The stewards have not had anything on the incident card.

'Where there are situations like that we would act upon it, but it is very hard when we do not have any information on it apart from what is printed in a newspaper.'