Dowie blasts Hungary boss Matthaus

Last updated : 10 September 2004 By Nik Taylor

Iain Dowie has branded Hungary manager Lothar Matthaus ‘disrespectful’ in a row over Palace striker Sandor Torghelle’s midweek international appearance.

Torghelle has been injured since hobbling off during Hungary’s match against Scotland last month, and Palace were assured the striker would not play in Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against Iceland.

However, despite the player’s continuing struggle with an ankle injury, he was brought on and scored during Hungary’s 3-2 victory.

"Sandor played but we felt that wasn't right," Dowie told "The surgeon said he shouldn't travel and we had an assurance from Lothar. He said if we let Sandor go he would send him back on Tuesday without playing.

"We sent him with a letter from a specialist and that didn't happen. I don't understand. It's good he played but I wonder whether he's fully recuperated. If he comes back hobbling you will see one unhappy Premier League manager."

Torghelle will have a late fitness test on Saturday to see whether he can play against Portsmouth at Fratton Park.