Kolinko calls in Players Union over Francis

Last updated : 20 August 2002 By Palace Dan
Aleks Kolinko has called in the PFA in an attempt to settle the dispute with Trevor Francis over the alleged punching incident during the Bradford City game. Kolinko has responded to Francis' admission to "cuffing" him, by calling for the manager to be sacked, and insisting that he was punched on the nose, not cuffed round the ear.
Kolinko also says that he has yet to receive an apology from Francis, despite Chairman Simon Jordan saying that Francis had apologised. Kolinko, who is away on international duty says that he wants to remain at Palace, but cannot see that happening unless Francis leaves.
PFA boss Gordon Taylor is quoted as saying "We want to bring both parties together in an attempt to provide a solution to this problem". Taylor will meet Kolinko on his return from international duty.