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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan, 4, 2007

Emre's agent denies accusations of racism

Newcastle midfielder Emre Belozoglu did not make racist remarks during the 3-0 defeat at Everton, his agent has insisted.

Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard and defenders Joleon Lescott and Joseph Yobo reacted furiously towards the Turkey international after the visitors were awarded a penalty in Saturday`s match at Goodison Park.

The Football Association want to interview Howard, who is understood to have complained to referee Dermot Gallagher.

But Emre`s agent Ahmet Bulut said: 'I spoke with Emre and he said that he never said anything racist to the player.

'His best friend at Newcastle is Obafemi Martins, who is black. These claims are not true. Emre never had any problems when he played in Turkey or Italy and he has never had any problems with other players in England either.

'On the field, he is an aggressive player, like other players are, but he would never make racist remarks.

'My English is bad, but his is even worse and he wouldn't even know these racist words.'

• Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder will consider short-term deals as he attempts to strengthen his squad during the transfer window.

Roeder is looking for a striker and two defenders as injuries continue to hinder his efforts to climb the Premiership table.

However, while his interest in Liverpool's England forward Peter Crouch is genuine and ongoing, he has not ruled out loan deals.

'There are not a lot of quality players out there at the moment, but that does not mean we cannot find two or three players who will suit our needs,' the former West Ham boss said.

'We have had Giuseppe Rossi on loan, but can still take another couple in this transfer window and that's what we may have to do.

'What I do not want to do is to sign players who we will be lumbered with for the next three and a half years.

'There is a saying in football that while you cannot hide good players, you cannot get rid of bad players and we want to avoid that.'

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