English League 1

Six head for Hartlepool exit

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Tue, 07 May 2013 18:54:00

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger claims that his fitness struggles over recent years have led him to consider retirement.

The Denmark centre-half has endured wretched luck on the injury front during his time at Anfield, taking in regular spells on the sidelines.

He has, however, made more Premier League appearances this season than in any of his previous seven on Merseyside.

The 28-year-old insists he is enjoying his football again and is feeling 'fine'.

Agger is, however, prepared to admit that he considered hanging up his boots during the dark days on the treatment table.

He told Danish newspaper BT: "I do not have a long time left.

"I have considered ending my career some times. I have had some serious injuries, and at times I have considered retiring.

"But right now I am fine."

The Scottish Football Association confirmed on Tuesday that Pawlett had been issued with a notice of complaint.

The 22-year-old faces a two-match ban if he accepts the charge or loses a potential challenge to the decision.

Israeli Benayoun revealed earlier on Tuesday that he was subjected to abuse on the social media site, retweeting a message which contained expletives and referred to him being Jewish, after he had thanked his followers for their birthday greetings.

"Some nice people in the world," said Benayoun in response.

It is now understood the London club have contacted the police to investigate the matter further.

Last month Chelsea said they would investigate after Benayoun, who is out of contract at the end of the season, said he was the victim of anti-Semitic taunts from his own supporters when he came on as a substitute against Liverpool.

Exiting Victoria Park along with Horwood are Nathan Buddle, Paul Johnson, Nathan Luscombe, Adam McHugh and Colin Nish.

But the club, relegated from League One this season, have exercised the option on the contracts to keep Neil Austin, Lewis Hawkins and James Poole.

A statement on Hartlepool's official website said: "The chairman and everyone at the club would like to thank all of the players for their services and commitment to the club and wish them all the very best for the future.

"Discussions are continuing with other remaining first-team players and more information will be made available in due course."

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