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Ex-Derby County defender: ‘I wasn’t paid not to injure Lionel Messi’

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Former Derby County defender Kevin Kilbane says he wasn’t paid to ensure Lionel Messi wasn’t injured in 2010.

Kilbane has denied these bold claims

Kilbane has denied these bold claims

The former Everton man signed on-loan for Derby County in 2011 for six months and scored one goal in 10 appearances for them – his loan spell had to be cut short though, as he suffered a back injury.

Reports have emerged this week that the Republic of Ireland players were all paid £10,000 each to ensure that the world’s best player Lionel Messi was not injured in a friendly with Argentina in 2010.

However, the Ireland FA has released a statement over the incident, saying that these reports were “baseless”.

Kilbane told the Derby Telegraph: “I am totally unaware of it.

“There was no suggestion around the game that we were to stay clear of Lionel Messi and of course none of the players received any money as payment regarding this.

“It’s total news to me and I’m sure it will be news to a lot of the other lads as well. It’s quite poor.

“There have been a lot of allegations over the last month or so aimed at us. Mud sticks and it’s not nice when these sort of allegations are being thrown against the players.

“It’s basically questioning us as professionals, it’s questioning us as people as well. I certainly didn’t take any money regarding this.”

Derby are recruiting an influx of ayers this summer in order to prep their squad for Championship promotion, following a horrendous finish to the season this year that saw them fall from top to eighth in a matter of months.

Football fans… What do you make of this news? Is this shocking to hear? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!


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