Wednesday, December 19, 2007
"I may be immune to this but I'm playing football and should not be subjected to that type of abuse … I am an international player who has given his whole career to club and country. I think I deserve more than this … I know some people may be a little bit disgruntled at how I left certain clubs. I totally understand that … But when you get to the level of personal abuse that I and other players are subjected to, it's got to stop now.”
"There is no difference for me," said the 33-year-old centre-half. "It's harmful. They are trying to belittle you and it is downright out of order … This is a human rights situation where professional sportsmen - managers as well - want to do their job professionally and people are abusing them verbally … If this happened on the street you'd be arrested. The FA, the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association) and even the government should get involved."