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New Zealand and Scotland in row over cash for friendly

Gordon Smith has angrily hit back at claims the SFA asked New Zealand for £250,000 to play an end-of-season friendly, reports the Scottish Sun. Scotland coach Craig Levein rejected the chance to play the World Cup finalists in Wellington in May or face them in neutral Austria.

New Zealand Football Federation chief executive, Mike Glading said: "They wanted an absolute arm and a leg.

"They demanded we fly their whole party business class.

"Then there was the match fee. You are talking £250,000 before you do anything. You might get a rainy night and 10,000 fans turn up and we're broke again.

"It's not out of the question as long as they're realistic about the costs."

But SFA chief executive Smith blasted: "I am at a loss to understand Mr Glading's comments and, indeed, have asked for clarification from his federation.

"Craig Levein made clear his intention not to arrange a friendly at the end of the domestic season.

"The SFA has had no direct negotiations with New Zealand's Football Federation and thus has never demanded 'an arm and a leg'."

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