Pantsil anger over 'abuse'
Fulham are to decide whether to investigate allegations of abuse aimed at John Pantsil following the 1-0 defeat to Hull City.
By Chris Harvey
Last Updated: 05/03/09 8:19am
Fulham are to decide whether to investigate allegations of abuse aimed at defender John Pantsil following the 1-0 defeat to Hull City.
After the final whistle, Pantsil reacted angrily to what he claimed was abuse, though it is unknown whether it came from fans or players.
Cottagers boss Roy Hodgson spoke to referee Mike Jones about the incident and is prepared to investigate further if Pantsil requests.
"The official said to me that John complained to him about being abused by somebody," said Hodgson.
"The referee didn't hear anything so he couldn't take any action.
"It's unusual to see John quite that angry so something has obviously happened out there, but what it is I don't know.
"I'll investigate it with John. I wouldn't have thought he was abused by fans - if players got angry about that they'd be angry every time a game is played.
"I'll speak to John and hopefully he'll have calmed down. We shouldn't be making such a drama about it.
"But if John feels we as a football club need to do something about it then we'll explore it."
The incident involving Pantsil came moments after the Tigers' injury-time winner scored by substitute Manucho.
And Hodgson felt the loss was hard on his side.
"The manner of the defeat, coming in the 92nd minute with one of Hull's rare attacks, is hard to take.
"Over the 90 minutes it was not a bad performance and it certainly did not warrant a 1-0 defeat.
"It was certainly a bit of a sucker punch - I think Hull would have been delighted with 0-0. I would be surprised if they thought they were worth all three points."