Articles

Ince: 'I won't change

The sending-offs marred Liverpool's success

Paul Ince says he will not change his style of play despite facing a lengthy ban after being sent off in Liverpool's UEFA Cup tie in Valencia

The Liverpool skipper, who is already serving an international suspension, said: "That's me, that's what I'm like.

"You know what you get and if people don't like it there's nothing I can do about it now."

Ince was given his marching orders in injury time along with Steve McManaman and Valencia's Amedeo Carboni - Liverpool went through on the away goals rule after the match ended 2-2.

He has earned an automatic three-match suspension from European competition, but could face an even longer ban depending on UEFA's verdict.

A UEFA spokesman said the England international's poor disciplinary record could count against him when officials meet to decide his punishment on November 12.

"The player's record is not very positive, and that could have an effect," the spokesman said.

Disciplinary problems

Ince is also in danger of missing additional international games after being charged with misconduct by the Football Association for hand gestures he made after being sent-off in England's Euro 2000 qualifier against Sweden.

"I have never been sent off in the Premiership but now I've been sent off in an England game and a Liverpool game in Europe inside a couple of months," he said.

The Liverpool skipper also hinted he might appeal against the red card he received at Valencia.

"I barely did anything for the sending-off, and Macca did even less so maybe there are grounds for an appeal on both counts," he said.

Liverpool boss Roy Evans has played down the Valencia incident.

"It's a shame that a game played in a good spirit should end with three players being sent off," he said

"I didn't see an awful lot, but nothing much seemed to happen. There was some pushing but no punches landed. Players from both sides tried to make sure it didn't go any further."

Copyright - BBC

Article links

Players
Games

Archives

We've got all the results from official games, appearance stats, goal stats and basically every conceivable statistic from 1892 to the present, every single line-up and substitutions!