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Oldham Athletic’s Lee Croft Accused Of Racially Abusing Time-Wasting Sheffield United Ballboy (Video)

By Chris Wright

Yep, this again. Oldham Athletic winger Lee Croft has categorically denied accusations that he racially abused a Sheffield United ballboy who deliberately attempted to waste time by kicking the ball away when the two sides met in League One on Saturday.

Croft has refuted the allegation, saying: “I’ve run over to get the ball, he’s kicked it away and in my frustration I’ve said ‘what are you doing?’ and had a go. I’ve not said anything to offend the lad, I wouldn’t do that.”

His manager, Paul Dickov, has backed his player:

“I’ve spoken to Lee about it and he categorically denies it. If something has happened then we will deal with it because we won’t put up with it. But Lee Croft has not got that (racist abuse) in his locker.

“I’ve been told a lot of people have jumped on the bandwagon very quickly. The kid himself has said he doesn’t know what was actually said.

“I’m never going to condone anything like that but, knowing Lee as I do, I trust him completely.”

27-year old Croft was seen attempting to reconciliate with the ballboy after the game, offering a handshake as they left the pitch at Bramall Lane, though the young lad was visibly reluctant to reciprocate the gesture.

Said Croft:

“[The ballboy] didn’t want to know and pushed my hand away. As far as I’m concerned the matter is finished.

“Why should I be in trouble when all I’ve tried to do is get the game restarted quickly? Can I complain about [the United fans] abusing me all game? I’ve not done anything wrong.”

Both the FA and South Yorkshire Police are now looking into the incident.

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By Chris on October 15th, 2012 in Football League, Videos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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3 Responses to “Oldham Athletic’s Lee Croft Accused Of Racially Abusing Time-Wasting Sheffield United Ballboy (Video)”

  1. Frank says:

    One one hand I think this racism stuff is getting blown out of all proportion and taking the focus off or diluting “real” racism issues.

    Racism aside, the kid was visibly upset, so Croft must have said something and the haste to apologise looked a bit desperate too.

  2. Mr. Chopper says:

    She could abuse my balls.. boy.. Racially… I could waste her time with my balls racially

    F*ck me this is harder than it looks.

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