June 4, 1977
Kevin Keegan should be banned from playing for England, says his former boss at Liverpool Bob Paisley.
Keegan joined S.V. Hamburg in a £500,000 deal yesterday. His contract includes a clause releasing him for World Cup and European Championship games.
But Paisley said: “I’m not being vindictive but quite honestly I would not play a man for England that goes abroad.
“We’ve certainly got to do something, because other players are being tapped.”
And he also warned that England could have to pay the German club compensation when Keegan played.
Paisley, named Bells “Manager of the Year” for the second season running earlier yesterday, said of the Keegan deal “Obviously it’s a sad day for Liverpool
“Kevin has contributed a lot towards our success.”
(Daily Express: June 4, 1977)