Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce is currently meeting stay away striker Amr Zaki to get his side of the story has to why he has seen it fit not to return to the club until now following playing for Egypt over a week ago.
Bruce publicly slated Zaki has being ‘unprofessional’ and he said that he will deal with the Egypt international in the severest way possible, Latics chairman Dave Whelan promised to back his manager in whatever course of action he decides to take.
Bruce`s gripe with Zaki is the failure to return on time from trips back home and though the Latics boss sympathises that the player is homesick he still feels he is being disrespectful to the club, other players and the supporters by returning late.
With Zaki now back in the UK the meeting between the two is scheduled to be on for 10 am today (Friday) and Bruce says that he will listen to what Zaki has to say for himself but at the end of the day Bruce says that Zaki must apologise for what he has done.
Bruce told reporters:
‘Zaki was back in the country yesterday and we’ll sit down with him and his advisors to see where we are.
‘We have to listen to what he has to say for himself, but we can’t have players doing whatever they feel like.
‘If every player did that, we’d soon have the lunatics running the asylum – you can’t have different sets of rules for different players.
‘I’d never ask a player to do anything I wouldn’t do myself.
‘We give them 48 hours off after an international then expect them to play by our rules and come back here.
‘Unfortunately for Amr, he seems to do what he wants.
‘It has left a sad and bitter taste because he had such a great start here.
‘I would expect him to apologise to his team-mates and those who employ him here.
‘That’s up to his integrity and how he sees the situation. I don’t think he has any real nous of what is right and wrong.
‘I think the whole situation is down to homesickness.
‘Zaki misses his family and various parts of life, so feels he can come back when he wants.
‘We’re not unreasonable. If he’d come back, had the injury assessed and found it was going to keep him out for a while, we would have allowed him to do his rehabilitation in his own country.
‘But what he has done shows a real lack of respect.’
Keep checking Vital Latics for the outcome of the meeting.
Latics Speyk Podcast 8
Vital Latics are pleased to announce that the latest podcast ‘The Arsenal Preview` is now available for downloading and as usual features conversation and music.
This episode looks forward to the Arsenal game this weekend and features an interview with life long Gooner Tim Stillman of Vital Arsenal fame, now Tim will be travelling up to the JJB this weekend for the big game and he sounds a little nervous as to what the result might be.
Also on this episode the Latics Speyk studio hit the road and met with far away Latics fan Kent who hails from Norway, we met up with Kent in a town centre bar and fired 10 quick questions at him then just had a general chat about the Latics, Norway, Paul Scharner and Denmark
Now to say that the Norwegians and Danes don`t get along is an understatement and Kent`s description of Denmark is very funny and not to be missed (about 18 mins in)
Kent aka Norwegian Latic
The music featured on this episode has a distinctive soul flavour, now Tim told me that he is a big soul man and he has in his CD collection down in South East London quite a few soul albums and he says he is a big Northern Soul fan, so Al Wilson, Tony Clarke, Marvin Gaye all feature and we end with a wonderful track by The Tams called ‘There Aint Nothing Like Shagging`, no there aint.
I hope you enjoy and if you wish to feature on any future podcasts please get in touch here on Vital Wigan, till the next time, keep on truckin`
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