Stephen Ireland insists he was misquoted in interview
The 24-year-old "upset" after claiming he was misquoted by French magazine So Foot this week
Stephen Ireland insists he was misquoted in an interview in which he apparently slated Aston Villa, Gerard Houllier and the cities of Birmingham and Cork.
The 24-year-old midfielder, who is on loan at Newcastle, released a statement claiming some of his comments were taken out of context during the interview with French football magazine So Foot this week.
Ireland was reported as having said that Birmingham is a “crap” city to live in, that Houllier wasted his time at Aston Villa and that he had no interest in playing international football again.
“I’m upset with what has been printed this morning because I feel like I’ve been portrayed in the wrong way,” Ireland said. “I was misquoted and things have been blown way out of proportion.
“That is the reason why I feel like I needed to say something because the quotes are very unfair.”
The former Manchester City midfielder added: “What I said during the interview has been twisted to sound particularly blunt and a lot of what was written about my home town of Cork – which me and my family visit regularly – was just plain ridiculous.
“The comments regarding Birmingham were taken way out of context as I had only been at Villa a few months and didn’t even live there, so I have no idea what Birmingham is like to live in. Everyone I have met from Birmingham have been nice – my girlfriend’s father is from Birmingham, so why would I say that? It’s just crazy.
“I can only apologise if anyone was offended, but the way the interview was written made me sound very harsh and I am not that kind of person.”