Diouf denies quit claims
Bolton forward El Hadji Diouf has denied quitting international football with Senegal, according to press reports on Wednesday.
By Steve Pass
Last Updated: 17/10/07 12:34pm
Bolton forward El Hadji Diouf has denied quitting international football, according to press reports in Senegal's capital Dakar on Wednesday.
This latest twist comes after Diouf was quoted two weeks ago as blaming an administration crisis blighting the West African country's national team for his decision to retire from international football.
But the Senegalese captain has now said his comments were 'distorted' and he has not quit playing for his country.
"I did not say that I was retiring from internationals," Diouf told French radio station RMC in an interview cited by local media.
"The thing I said and which was quite distorted is that if things continue like that, I would quit the national team to concentrate exclusively on my club," Diouf said, according to the privately-owned daily Sud Quotidien.
In an interview earlier this month with the daily newspaper L'Observateur, Diouf said he would no longer play for Senegal and he confirmed the decision later on radio station RFM, vowing he would not change his mind.
But in his latest interview, Diouf claimed he had met Senegalese authorities and had asked for two weeks to reflect on the issue.
Senegal played without him and beat Guinea 3-1 at the weekend in an international friendly ahead of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.