Kuqi on transfer list after gesture

SHEFKI Kuqi's career at Crystal Palace looks to be over.The Finland striker has been fined two weeks' wages and placed on the transfer list after making rude signs towards his own supporters in Crystal Palace's 2-0 defeat to Wolves.

Derek Davis

SHEFKI Kuqi's career at Crystal Palace looks to be over.

The Finland striker has been fined two weeks' wages and placed on the transfer list after making rude signs towards his own supporters in Crystal Palace's 2-0 defeat to Wolves.

The former Ipswich Town favourite, who cost Palace £2.5m from Blackburn Rovers in 2006, was substituted in the 70th minute to a chorus of ironic cheers from Eagles fans.

He responded with a crude gesture which Palace boss Neil Warnock said would probably bring about a premature end to his career at Selhurst Park.

Warnock said: “I have had a word with him and he has said he is sorry to me and the fans.

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“But I will be fining him two weeks' wages and transfer-listing him. I don't put up with that. You cannot gesture. It is disappointing to see, even though he had been provoked.”

Last season Kuqi said in a post-match interview that Ipswich fans were the best he had ever played for and he hoped one day to return to Portman Road.

He reiterated those views recently, further alienating him from Palace supporters who have been less than impressed with him since he joined.

Palace chairman Simon Jordan dubbed him Sushi Pookey after one game where he didn't impress and he was understood to have fallen out with former manager Peter Taylor.

Kuqi went out on loan to Premier League side Fulham and was handed his Cottagers debut against Liverpool at Anfield by Lawrie Sanchez but returned to Crystal Palace in January when Roy Hodgson took over at Craven Cottage.