Pogatetz blasts Boro

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Emanuel Pogatetz launched a stinging attack on Middlesbrough, claiming he is thankful he only has to play games and not live in the town.

In a statement that is unlikely to endear him to his new fans, the Austrian full back savaged his new Teesside surroundings.

"Thank God it's only on match days we have to go into Middlesbrough," the defender told the News of the World.

"The place is an industrial town, pure and simple.

"The club's training centre is outside the town and the players live outside it as well.

"I would not want to live in the town. All you've got there is smoking chimneys."