Roberts to be questioned over attack on journalist

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  • Wednesday, 01 Jan 2003

NEWCASTLE: Fiery French winger Laurent Robert is to be questioned by his club Newcastle over allegedly attacking a local newspaper reporter following Sunday’s 2-1 Premier League defeat of Spurs. 

It’s claimed the 27-year-old former French international physically attacked the Newcastle Chronicle’s Alan Oliver in the press room after the match. 

The Frenchman was annoyed over a piece in the newspaper – which was written by another journalist – questioning Robert’s attitude. 

Chairman Freddy Shepherd and club manager Bobby Robson are now investigating the incident. 

In an editorial, the paper’s editor Paul Robertson added: “We would like to draw a line under the matter and get on with the matter of reporting on a successful season for Newcastle.”  

Robert’s season which has seen him score once in 15 Premier League appearances has been interrupted by injury, including a back problem as well as a fractured cheekbone. 

Last season he scored eight goals in 36 Premier League matches after joining Newcastle from French giants Paris Saint Germain. – AFP 

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