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Baljic in race to clear name

Published: Thursday 21 February 2002, 13.13CET
Elvir Baljic has ten days to prove his innocence after being accused by his club of feigning illness.

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Published: Thursday 21 February 2002, 13.13CET

Baljic in race to clear name

Elvir Baljic has ten days to prove his innocence after being accused by his club of feigning illness.

Elvir Baljic has ten days to prove that he did not feign illness in order to sit out a Primera División match after Rayo Vallecano accused the on-loan Bosnia-Herzegovina forward of doing so.

Disciplinary investigation
Rayo began a disciplinary investigation on Thursday after Baljic told coach Gregorio Manzano on Sunday that he had a migraine and refused to play against CD Tenerife, where he was expected to be among the substitutes.

Medical examination
Manzano, however, was not convinced and he ordered the club's medical staff to examine the 27-year-old, who is on loan at the Teresa Rivero stadium from Real Madrid CF until the end of the season. Doctors failed to find anything wrong with Baljic, prompting the Spanish club to take action.

Clear his name
The player now has ten days to clear his name before he is sent back to the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. "We cannot tolerate this from a player," Rayo general director Alvaro Ruiz Mateos said. "He [Baljic] respects neither his team-mates nor the supporters."

Record signing
Baljic was briefly Madrid’s record signing when he joined the club from Fenerbahçe SK in 1999 for €17m. A serious knee injury hampered his chances of making an impression in the Spanish capital and, after ten league appearances in 1999/00, Baljic was loaned back to Fenerbahçe.

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