Martin Jol hits out at "disappointing" Fulham fans

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Martin Jol slams the Fulham fans for booing Bryan Ruiz during their loss to Manchester United at the weekend.

Martin Jol has criticised the Fulham fans for booing Bryan Ruiz during their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Ruiz has struggled to impress for the Cottagers this season, and the stadium announcement of his 74th-minute substitution at the weekend was met with cheers by the home fans before they turned to boos.

"It was very disappointing," Jol said of his treatment. "That [kind of abuse] is something I can cope with because I know football. I have been involved in 1,300 games and I know if people are not happy, they will give you stick.

"Bryan is a player that came back from Costa Rica's game against Mexico; he scored, they won 2-1 and he goes to the World Cup. Then to come here and get that sort of contradiction [in reception]: over there he is a hero and here they boo him off the park.

"That is very, very frustrating for him and very disappointing for me. I wanted my supporters to stay behind my players. He is an unbelievably nice person so I had to whisper a few words in his ear. I said he is arguably my best player and that he should know that. It doesn't mean anything but at least a couple here, and I am one of them, trust him."

Ruiz joined Fulham from FC Twente in 2011.

Fulham manager Martin Jol prior to kick-off in the match against West Brom on September 14, 2013
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