IT'S JUST A LAUGH
"People are trying to ruin his career and reputation," said Houllier. "But he's like me, he took it as a laugh. I repeated to him, 'don't let them destroy you because you're stronger than that and you're bigger than that'."
Speaking on the eve of his team's tricky Worthington Cup semi-final second leg against buoyant Sheffield United, the Liverpool manager insisted that there is no gambling problem at the club. "We have a code of values, and a code of conduct," he said. "There is no money involved when they play cards."
Houllier disclosed that he and Owen have spoken openly about the issue and added: "I don't think this will affect his image. What has happened shows two things - the strength of character of the player and the total support of me and the whole club."