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By ESPN Staff
Apr 19, 2009

Itandje: Hillsborough affair blown out of proportion

Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Charles Itandje, banned for 14 days for inappropriate behaviour during the Hillsborough memorial service, said British media had blown the affair out of proportion.

Television footage showed Itandje smiling at a ceremony for the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, where 96 Liverpool fans died in a crush while attending an FA Cup semi-final.

"It is a 30-second video montage that was given senseless proportions. My behaviour should be judged over a one-hour video," Itandje told Sunday's French sports daily Aujourd'hui Sport.

"You know the papers here (in Britain), they do a lot with not much. I even heard I was dancing!"

Itandje, who has only played seven games for the Reds since he joined them from French club RC Lens last season, added he did not feel liked at Anfield.

"What happened will not do much to change my situation at the club since I am already on the transfer list," he said.

"I don't want to be paranoid but I hope this whole story is not linked to my situation at the club.

"I was supposed to leave last summer. I am kind of the unwanted player in the squad."

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