BARNETT: JODY SHOULD NOT BE SACKED

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JODY MORRIS'S agent, Jonathan Barnett has defended his client following the Chelsea star's latest spat in a nightclub.

The midfielder is due for talks with officials of the London club to explain his side of the story, after he sustained facial injuries in an alleged unprovoked assault by men in a Piccadilly Circus bar.

Barnett has pleaded for leniency, saying: "Jody has done things in the past, but when he has, he has always held his hands up and accepted responsibility for his actions.

"In this case, Jody was innocent, and to suggest that any action should be taken against him for being set up by others is outrageous.  Jody should not be sacked.

"It's an internal matter for the club but I don't expect any repercussions as it was not his fault."

Celestine Babayaro and Frank Sinclair were believed to be with Morris, who last year was convicted of actual bodily harm and at the time was warned he faced the sack.

Meanwhile, Emmanuel Petit has explained his decision not to go to Tel Aviv by saying: "I take total responsibility for my decision but I don't have to justify myself.

"I'll leave the reasons why I refused to go to the intellectuals.  Many talk about the political and military situation all day, I don't want to create a controversy.

"This is a personal decision which has nothing to do with sports."