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50-50: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

Champions League 1 day ago
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By ESPN Staff
Feb 12, 2007

Stelios stands by fair play actions

Bolton midfielder Stelios Giannakopoulos insists he will continue to stop play if he suspects an opponent is injured.

He had a chance to set up a match-sealing goal as his side led 2-1 going into the last minute of their Premiership match with Fulham.

But with their French full-back, Franck Queudrue, lying motionless on the pitch, he kicked the ball out of touch.

Manager Sam Allardyce and some fans were furious as Queudrue made a quick recovery.

But Giannakopoulos said: 'I did what I felt was right at the time and to play fair. I don't know why some fans or somebody else didn't have the same opinion.

'During the game nerves are very high and you have passion for winning the match. But at that time, I thought about his (Queudrue's) football career as well. If I was in his place I would like him to do the same.

'That's why I did it.'

Bolton went on to seal a 2-1 win and Allardyce said: 'I admire Stelios for what he did, but I thought it was the wrong decision.

'The referee decides whether the player is sufficiently injured or not to stop the play. I believe that is how we should play the game.'