Dirty Diouf

Last updated : 28 November 2004 By Keith Allman
El Hadji-Diouf has been handed a fine of around £60,000 by Bolton for spitting in the face of Arjan De Zeeuw.

The incident occured during our 1-0 win at the Reebok on Saturday. First of all, Diouf committed a horrendous dive in the area, trying to con Steve Dunn into giving a penalty against Andy Griffin - despite there being no contact. Not content with throwing a tantrum over this, he was then clearly caught on camera spitting in the face of De Zeeuw.

How our captain didn't react I have no idea, and in fact even in the post-match interview he seemed quite forgiving, saying how he hoped it was "heat of the moment" and that he'd "take it no further". The pundits on Match of the Day weren't quite so kind, Alan Hansen calling the incident "despicable", with Alan Shearer chipping in, "It's the lowest of the low".

Indeed, it's not the first time Diouf has been caught doing this. A year ago he was sentenced to community service after spitting at Celtic fans, and only last month an 11-year-old Middlesbrough fan became another victim of his over-active saliva.

Hopefully the FA will also get involved and dish out a hefty ban to the tosser, clearly he hasn't learnt his lesson from before but it's time to teach him. Fair play to Bolton for punishing him so quickly though.