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Loic Remy admits he refused to play against Liverpool?

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Loic Remy has sparked anger amongst the Newcastle fans after admitting he refused to play in the last game of the season against Liverpool at Anfield.

It's said that the Frenchman asked Alan Pardew to rest him ahead of the World Cup, and he obliged.

“The coach Alan Pardew understood my point of view. We had nothing to play for and I didn’t want to risk getting hurt again,” he told French magazine L'Equipe.

On loan from Q.P.R, Remy's desire has been questioned and the Newcastle fans who made the 348 mile round trip were left understandably angry after their sides 2-1 defeat.

Alan Pardew has denied these allegations stating on the Newcastle official website: "Following media reports concerning my player selection for our final game of the season against Liverpool, any suggestion that I colluded and agreed with our loan striker, Loic Remy, that he did not have to play in this game are wholly untrue.

"To suggest that I considered there to be nothing riding on that game is also completely false. Our final league position was at stake, as was the race for the Barclays Premier League title for our opponents, Liverpool.

"What is more, each and every one of us associated with the Club was desperate to get a result for our supporters, especially those 2,800 travelling fans who made the journey to Anfield that day.

"The reality was that Loic had sustained an ankle injury in our game against Cardiff the previous week. The results of an MRI scan conducted after that fixture revealed ligament damage and swelling around the joint.

"Had Loic been fit then clearly, without question, he would have been selected to play in what was a crucial game like every other."

Not selecting a fit player would reflect badly on Pardew and his reputation. It would be odd if Remy had made up his reason for not being selected, so the truthfulness of this statement has been questioned.

Remy looks set for a move away from Loftus Road this summer with Tottenham and Arsenal ready to battle it out for his signature, but it remains to be seen how much QPR will fetch for his sale.

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