Previous
Getafe
Valencia
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Wigan Athletic
Ipswich Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Academica de Coimbra
Estoril
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Getafe
Valencia
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Wigan Athletic
Ipswich Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Chester City
Wrexham
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Spezia
Carpi
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Valenciennes
Clermont Foot
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Academica de Coimbra
Estoril
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FK Amkar Perm
Krasnodar
1
2
FT
Game Details
FK Torpedo Moscow
Dinamo Moscow
1
3
FT
Game Details
Istanbul Buyuksehir BSK
Trabzonspor
1
1
FT
Game Details
Bursaspor
Besiktas
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Atvidabergs FF
IFK Norrkoping
2
1
LIVE HT
Game Details
Defensa y Justicia
San Lorenzo
9:10 PM GMT
Game Details
Racing Club
Newell's Old Boys
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Unión de Santa Fe
Huracán
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Douglas Haig
Guarini A. Franco
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Santamarina
Patronato
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
River Plate
Fénix
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Shimizu S-Pulse
Gamba Osaka
5:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Vegalta Sendai
Kashima Antlers
5:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Albirex Niigata
Urawa Red Diamonds
5:30 AM GMT
Game Details
FC Tokyo
Tokushima Vortis
6:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Yokohama F. Marinos
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
6:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Omiya Ardija
Kawasaki Frontale
6:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 11, 2009

Butcher slams Ferguson for 'Boozegate' timing

Barry Ferguson's stinging attack on the Scottish Football Association will not distract Scotland from their crucial World Cup qualifier in Norway on Wednesday night, according to assistant boss Terry Butcher.

Former national team captain Ferguson laid into the SFA over their handling of the 'Boozegate' affair in an interview published in the Evening Times.

Butcher, who insisted he had yet to read the article, was nevertheless critical of its timing, saying: "It's not good timing when it comes two days before one of the most important matches Scotland will ever play.

"I'm sure the squad will just be focused on getting the result out there so we'll leave it at that."

If the article was designed as a distraction, Butcher was confident it will fail.

He added: "There's some young players out there, some exciting young players as well as older players as well. It's a very good blend.

"It's a squad that's evolving, it's a squad that's going forward and hopefully going forward well in Oslo."

SFA chief executive Gordon Smith accused Ferguson of deliberately trying to disrupt Scotland's preparations.

"The timing's obviously planned to try to be negative regarding something to do with the team," said Smith.

"If Barry Ferguson wants to make comments, that's entirely up to him.

"Regardless of what he said, we have no response to it because we're just concentrating on an important game."

Ferguson and Allan McGregor were banned from representing Scotland ever again for their behaviour while on international duty against Holland and Iceland last season.

The pair indulged in an early-hours drinking session at the team hotel in the wake of March's World Cup qualifying defeat in Amsterdam.

They then reacted to being dropped to the bench against Iceland days later by flicking V-signs at photographers.

Smith added: "All of a sudden, after four months, to speak this week is a major aspect of it."

Midfielder Ferguson, who left Rangers for Birmingham this summer, said in the interview: "The thing that rankles with me now is the way the SFA handled the entire situation - for me it was a joke.

"I had played for Scotland 45 times, I had captained my country for years - and they sent a fax to Murray Park saying that I would never play for my country again. It was just the same statement they put out, that was it!

"That just astonished me. The machine starts to ring, and in comes a fax from Hampden for my attention telling me that I would no longer be picked, and neither would Allan.

"The people in the room just looked at each other in total disbelief - is that how something like that should be handled?

"No-one has ever spoken to me from the Scotland set-up. Not the manager, the chief executive, a PR guy, anyone. I was driving back into Murray Park after being sent home for a few hours and I heard on the radio that the SFA were going to ban me for life.

"I was in such a whirl that I wasn't taking anything in - then a fax arrives and that was it over... no phone call, no anything. That, for me, sums the SFA up. They don't know how to handle anything properly."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.