Bad boy to fight big fine

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 January, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 January, 1993, 12:00am

CONTROVERSIAL English player Vinnie Jones will contest his record ?20,000 Football Association fine at a January 13 hearing in London.

The midfielder with Premier League strugglers Wimbledon was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute for his role in a best-selling video ''Soccer's Hard Men''.

Apart from his hefty fine, Jones was also given a suspended six-month ban from playing.

The video glorifies soccer's dirty tricks and Jones made an apology saying his actions were ''irresponsible''.

Meanwhile, another bad-boy of English soccer, former Northern Ireland superstar George Best believes he has finally won his battle against alcoholism.

Six years ago the ex-Manchester United winger hit rock bottom when he was jailed, bankrupt, divorced and ill.

But yesterday, the 46-year-old Irishman, now a sports commentator, declared he had made a full recovery.