Saint Schneiderlin tells how he was told to avoid Portsmouth
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Wednesday 03 Apr 2013 09:44:00
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Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has revealed how he was warned to steer clear of Portsmouth when he signed for Saints given the 'hatred' between the fans of the two clubs.


Interviewed in France Football, Schneiderlin also explained how he was on the receiving end of a bad tackle when the two sides met last April at St Mary's.

'The first thing they told me when I arrived [from Strasbourg] was to never go there [Portsmouth]. Nathan Dyer and a few others had had problems in a night club there,' he said.

'I have played in this derby - it's pure hatred. Everyone talks only of it all year. Last season in the return game [at St Mary's in April 2012] Luke Varney launched himself into a knee-high tackle after just six minutes. I had to go off with a bruise on my left knee and a hole in my right. I was out for three weeks.

'But they went down and we won promotion. At the final match of the season our fans displayed a banner which said:"Who's laughing now?"'

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