Poyet plays down Ji error

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet believes the furore over the club's fielding of ineligible striker Ji Dong-won will have no affect as they battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Last Updated: 04/04/14 at 17:57 Post Comment

Gus Poyet: Players unaffected by Ji Dong-won incident

Gus Poyet: Players unaffected by Ji Dong-won incident

The club confirmed on Friday they had been fined by the Football Association in December after Ji played in four matches at the start of the season, despite his international clearance having not been processed.

Both Sunderland and the FA have confirmed the matter has now been dealt with but that did not stop Poyet, who was not in charge of the club at the time, having to field questions on the subject ahead of Monday's game against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

"I don't think it will affect the team. When too many things happen around a club, sooner or later it does affect the team, I believe that," he said.

"This one in particular, I don't think it should affect us. It is nothing to do with how we are playing or the games we have got left.

"I know people think it shouldn't but it does. Now I don't think we have too many problems. But this has come as a surprise. People now maybe know why I couldn't play him. I knew, you didn't.

"I don't have Twitter or whatever, but I can imagine some people love Ji and when he was not playing every week and not on the bench, they were probably killing me.

"But they didn't know. I hope now they understand why I couldn't put him on the bench."

Watch Tottenham v Sunderland on Monday Night Football. Coverage begins at 7pm on Sky Sports 1.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Gundogan yet to make decision on future

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could yet join Manchester United this summer, according to a report from Germany.

Liverpool close in on Milner - Report

Want-away Man City midfielder James Milner could be announced as a Liverpool player by the end of the week, according to reports.

Atleti, Arsenal and Liverpool target Vietto

Villarreal are reportedly attempting to renegotiate Luciano Vietto's contract to ward off interest from Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Mail Box

James Milner: Jose's Perfect Player?

Probably. But presumably he would not swap one bench for another. We have mails on over-hyped players, Arsenal enthusiasm, UEFA, FIFA and naked dudes...

Francis Is Coq Of The North (London)

There is more praise for Mesut Ozil, but it's Francis Coquelin who gets the big love in the Mails. Plus Lazio, Wilshere swears (who cares?) and an over-capped England...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company