Aidy deals with AWOL Bangura
Midfielder played for Sierra Leone without club's permission
By James Dall. Last Updated: October 15, 2008 2:40pm
Bangura: Went AWOL
Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd has told Sky Sports News he has dealt with Al Bangura's recent misdemeanour internally.
Bangura travelled to Abuja without the club's permission to make his debut for Sierra Leone as his national side suffered a 4-1 World Cup qualifier defeat to Nigeria.
Boothroyd - who played a key role in ensuring Bangura was not deported back to Sierra Leone last season - was disappointed by the midfielder's actions, but is hopeful he has learnt his lesson.
He told Sky Sports News: "I've sat down and had a chat with him. The matter has been dealt with internally. As far as I am concerned, that is the end of it.
Simpson v Elton
"Al's a young man. Old men and young men make mistakes. I hope (he won't do it again). We move on."
Boothroyd was also reluctant to wade in to the current war of words between chairman Graham Simpson and owner Elton John over the financial management of the Vicarage Road outfit.
He added: "It is very difficult for me. I know Elton, and he is a lifelong Watford fan. And I work for Graham Simpson, who has been very good to me and has given me an opportunity, and I have a loyalty to him as well.
"The best thing for me to do is to get on with my job."