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Afraid of telling truth, manager stops interviews

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MORTON, Scotland (AP)

Banned and eventually fired for speaking his mind already, a football manager in Scotland has decided to take a vow of silence.

Since taking charge of second-tier club Morton last month, manager Kenny Shiels has refused to speak to the media after matches. And he says that will continue, on the advice of his doctor, after he was given a four-game suspension last year for questioning league officials. He was fired as manager of Kilmarnock a short time later.

''You can't help it - if someone asks you a question, you're emotionally imbalanced at that time and you feel an urge to tell the truth,'' Shiels told BBC Scotland.

''And, if you feel hard done by, you want to tell the truth about something that happened in the game and you become a victim of that. There are people out there waiting for you to drop your guard.''

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