Emre makes quit threat
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Emre Belozoglu has claimed he will quit English football if he is banned by The FA.
Emre Belozoglu has claimed he will quit English football if he is banned by the Football Association for using racist language.
The Turkish midfielder has been charged by The FA with 'using racially-aggravated abusive and/or insulting words'.
The charge arises from Newcastle United's 3-0 defeat to Everton on 30th December and stemmed from an incident when Emre appeared to wave an imaginary card at Leon Osman.
He vehemently denies the accusations and has threatened to leave the Premiership, if he is suspended by The FA.
"I didn't say anything, but I am being painted as a bad boy," Emre is quoted in the News of the World.
"If I get a ban, I will quit England. I will walk away.
"I'm not the kind of person I am being made out to be. I can't even speak English that well.
"I have never had any problems like this with another player in any game and I would never make a racist comment about anyone."
Emre has an ally in Glenn Roeder, with the Newcastle manager insisting he would not stand for any signs of racism from his players.
Roeder said: "It has really upset Emre. We have black players in the team and in the squad, and we are all together, we are all the same.
"I would not tolerate anyone who showed any sign of any racism."