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Joe Miller apologises to Linfield FC; says he 'got the grounds mixed up'

Former Celtic star Joe Miller has retracted remarks about Linfield FC, saying he "got the grounds mixed up".

In an interview last week with Scottish media, he had recalled an incident during a friendly match in the 1990s, when he was playing for Aberdeen.

He claimed that during the match, which he said was played in Windsor Park, “there were red dots on us for the whole 90 minutes”.

He also stated that he and some of his teammates were abused outside a pub near the ground.

On Monday, Linfield FC released a statement clarifying that the club has never played Aberdeen.

Linfield hit out at ex-Celtic player's claims of laser dots and intimidation at Windsor Park

The club also noted that, in the 1990s, Windsor Park was "wholly enclosed from any surrounding streets" and "there remains a distinct lack of local hostelries in the area adjacent to the ground".

On Tuesday, the paper which published the original article, the Daily Record, said it contacted Mr Miller to clarify his story.

Mr Miller said his memory had let him down: it had been a training match, not a friendly, and he'd made a mistake about where it had taken place.

He told the paper: “During an interview last week with several members of the Scottish press I recounted an event but I got the grounds mixed up. I realise that now. I mistakenly thought it was Windsor Park but it wasn’t.

“This event occurred over 25 years ago and my memory has let me down.

"I apologise to Linfield football Club for any offence taken. These comments weren’t intended to be a slight on the club or their fans.”

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