Price per head services learned that Alan Pardew, Newcastle United boss, criticised claims that he let Loic Remy skip the season’s final game so he could avoid injury.
In an interview with L’Equipe, Remy claimed that Pardew agreed that the game didn’t mean anything and was happy to put him on the sidelines for a trip to Liverpool, where Newcastle suffered a loss of 2-1, and pay per head services were very surprised with what the player said.
Remy said: “The coach, Alan Pardew, fully understood my point of view. We didn’t have anything to play for.”
But price per head services saw that Pardew criticised the France striker’s claims, insisting that he would never view a game as meaningless, claiming that Remy – who was on loan from Queens Park Rangers at St James’ Park– missed the match due to injury.
He said: “Following media reports today (Tuesday, 27th May) concerning my player selection for our final game of the season against Liverpool, any suggestion that I colluded and agreed with our loan striker, Loic Remy, that he did not have to play in this game are wholly untrue.
“To suggest that I considered there to be nothing riding on that game is also completely false. Our final league position was at stake, as was the race for the Barclays Premier League title for our opponents, Liverpool.
“What is more, each and every one of us associated with the Club was desperate to get a result for our supporters, especially those 2,800 travelling fans who made the journey to Anfield that day.
And price per head services can see that the coach has a point.
“The reality was that Loic had sustained an ankle injury in our game against Cardiff the previous week. The results of an MRI scan conducted after that fixture revealed ligament damage and swelling around the joint.
“It was a result of this injury, and the fact that Loic was unable therefore to complete any training session during the week leading up to the Liverpool game, that meant he was not fit for selection.
Contact us today and let us explain exactly how pay per head sportsbooks work.
“Had Loic been fit then clearly, without question, he would have been selected to play in what was a crucial game like every other.”
Pay per head services hope that no tensions arise due this, and will closely follow developments.