Extra security for Turkey player

Turkey and Aston Villa soccer star Alpay was today reported to be considering whether to hire security guards to protect his home after his confrontation with David Beckham.

The 30-year-old defender came under fire after taunting the England captain during Saturday's Euro 2004 qualifier in Istanbul and prodding him in the face at half-time.

Alpay, who was given a day off training today by Villa manager David O'Leary, told the Birmingham Evening Mail that he feared for his safety and was deciding if 24-hour security was required at his home in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.

Speaking about the incident which followed Beckham's penalty miss, Alpay said: "Beckham is a good player. It was a psychological ploy. We

wanted to get him to react, but it did not work."

The Turkish international also attempted to play down a fracas involving England and Turkey players in the tunnel at half-time, describing it

as "nothing really".

"I tripped down some stairs and fell over.

Something then happened behind me. It is now forgotten about," the player told the newspaper.

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