Croft cleared

29 October 2012 08:00
Statements issued

Lee Croft has been cleared of the allegations that he racially abused a ball boy at Sheffield United in the 1-1 draw on 13th October.

The Latics have issued the following statement: "It has been an extremely difficult time for Lee, who has received the full support of the club while these totally unfounded allegations have been investigated."

A police investigation was launched but they have now issued the following statement: "The investigation has revealed there to be no substance to suggestions of racial abuse. Lee Croft has however, accepted he spoke inappropriately to the ball boy and he has apologised for his behaviour and any upset that was caused as a result. The apology has been accepted and with that acceptance, there is to be no further police action."

Croft has admitted he experienced the lowest point of his career aver the accusations. He said, "I can’t think of anything worse than to be called a racist. The people who knew me realised nothing like that would ever come out of my mouth. I understand why the police had to carry out an investigation and I'm glad they were so thorough. But when people are wrongly accused it damages the cause. I don't want the battle against racism to suffer because of what happened to me. It is too important."

Source: Oldham Athletic Mad


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