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Former Fulham ace ‘still in denial’ a decade on from incident

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Former Fulham striker Erik Nevland took to Twitter yesterday, after a video resurfaced of his red card against Roma during Fulham’s 2009/10 Europa League campaign.

Having qualified for European football in only the second time in the club’s history, Fulham under Roy Hodgson would go on a tremendous journey to the Europa League final that season, which ended with heartbreak in Hamburg.

During the group stages, Fulham were drawn alongside CSKA Sofia, Basel and Roma, and it was against the Italians where Nevland saw red.

The return fixture in Rome, Fulham took an early lead through Diomansy Kamara from the penalty spot.

Coming out for the second-half with a goal lead, Nevland came on for the goalscorer Kamara. The Norwegian lasted just four minutes on the pitch that night, being shown a straight red for a tackle from behind on Daniele De Rossi.

Claudio Ranieri’s team went on to win 2-1 that night and to this day, Nevland still feels injustice from that night in Italy.

Nevland, now 41-years-old, was a one time player with Manchester United, but spent most of footballing career in Scandinavia.

He signed for Fulham from FC Groningen in 2008 and spent two seasons at the Cottage, before returning to Norway for a third stint with Viking.

Ten years on from that fateful season, where Hodgson was named LMA Manager of the Year and secured his side’s Premier League status with a 12th-place finish, it’s a reminder of how much the club has fallen.

Today, Fulham sit 8th in the Championship, and not knowing how long they’ll be second-tier bound.


Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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