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Ranieri lashes out at Kamara after missed penalty

Kamara took and missed the penalty. Credit: PA

Claudio Ranieri accused Aboubakar Kamara of disrespecting his Fulham team-mates, supporters and the club itself by ignoring instructions and taking the missed penalty that almost cost them victory against Huddersfield.

Fulham secured three vital points with a 1-0 win against a rival for relegation when Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in stoppage time, having earlier been ignored by Kamara as the club's senior penalty taker before Kamara's tame effort was saved by Jonas Lossl at 0-0.

"It is not possible to explain what happened after we got the penalty, or maybe I should say it is easy when a man thinks only of himself," the Fulham manager said.

"It is not right. He didn't respect me, the club, his team-mates, the crowd. He took the ball, and just said 'I want to shoot'. He didn't listen to reason.

"I have spoken a little to him. I think he didn't understand what I said. Mitrovic was the designated taker, but Kamara scored our last penalty and took it on himself, 'I am the man'.

"He did not apologise, he just told me 'I wanted to shoot'. I said to him 'If the whole team just said I want to shoot, what would happen?' It is impossible to speak to this man.

"He did not understand the reason; for him everything is fine, we won the match. It is unbelievable; the first time in my life I have seen that.

"I understand why the fans might boo him, but of course it is better if the fans and us are altogether. I just did what I had to do. You must respect the nominated taker.

"I hope he can understand; it is clearly difficult. I don't know if that is it, if it is finished or if it will continue. Maybe I will take him away from the squad.

"But I will do what is best for the squad. If it is good for them, he plays. If I think it isn't, he comes out. We'll play the Arsenal match (on Tuesday), then I decide.


Fulham appoint Ranieri to replace sacked Jokanovic

Ranieri won the Premier League title with Leicester City. Credit: PA

Fulham have sacked manager Slavisa Jokanovic and replaced him with former Chelsea and Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri.

Jokanovic leaves with the Cottagers bottom of the Premier League table with five points from 12 matches, having lost their last seven games in all competitions.

Italian Ranieri, 67, who memorably led Leicester to the title in 2016, has been given a "multi-year" contract by the London club, the Fulham have announced.

"It is an honour to accept (chairman) Mr (Shahid) Khan's invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history," Ranieri told the club's official website.

"The objective at Fulham should never be to merely survive in the Premier League. We must at all times be a difficult opponent and should expect to succeed.

"This Fulham squad has exceptional talent that is contrary to its position in the table. I know this team is very capable of better performances, which we will work on straight away as we prepare for Southampton at the Cottage."

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