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Australian skipper Neill accepts apology

Socceroos captain, Lucas Neill, has accepted the public apology issued by SBS football analyst Les Murray in a statement which confirmed that the allegations made against Neill were false. Murray has retracted from his claim that Lucas Neill instructed his team mates to defy the orders of the then Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek immediately prior to the World Cup game against Germany in Durban last year.

Lucas Neill, who is currently on holidays in the US, had the following to say, "I am obviously still disappointed that my name has been wrongly attached to these allegations, but I accept the apology that has been issued by Les Murray.

"After discussing the matter with Les, I have decided not to proceed with legal action. It was important for me to ensure that my reputation remain intact and make the public aware that I have never, nor would ever, behave in this manner towards a manager. Furthermore I'm happy that any further prints of the book will exclude this extract. I sincerely hope that anybody who reads the book in its current form understands that the allegations that were reported about me are completely false."

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