BATES BLASTS MORRIS - AGAIN

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CHELSEA chairman Ken Bates has again blasted his club`s young midfielder Jody Morris, as part of a general attack on the lifestyle led by English footballers.

The 21-year-old midfielder, whose impending court case for alleged actual body harm cost him his place in the England side for the European Under-21 championship, was previously criticised by the Stamford Bridge chairman in his programme notes for "eating hamburgers" and spending too much time at nightclubs.

On this occasion Morris incurred the wrath of Bates for being part of the well-documented trip to Cyprus taken by a number of young England players this summer.

Bates, speaking in his regular column for the Sunday People, said: "Jody Morris claimed he wasn`t involved in porn videos, he was only in Cyprus for the boozing. That`s alright then!"

Elsewhere in the article Bates said how the national team suffers from English managers allowing players to get away with a lack of professionalism - especially in regards to the demon drink.

"The problem with English managers is that they bring their baggage with them, allowing the national disease of alcohol, unhealthy eating and yobbish behaviour to continue.

"The continent would rather buy from Spain, South America, Holland and Scandinavia.

"They are more professional, they don`t drink to excess and they work far harder at their game."