CLUB STATEMENT REGARDING HALSTEAD TOWN INCIDENT
As some of you will be aware, last night’s Essex Senior Cup fixture included a regrettable incident which resulted in a window being broken at Halstead Town FC. Naturally we were dealing with this with Halstead Town last night, including offering a full and immediate apology, but we hope you understand that we needed to wait to ascertain the full facts before commenting publicly.
It was a feisty, entertaining and emotionally-charged encounter between two competitive sides, much like our games last season, with both sides receiving a red card. However what happened after our red card was unacceptable. Tom Williams was sent off in the 56th minute, just after we scored our second goal. The referee has confirmed that the red card was for a comment made during our celebrations. Tom then left the field of play as directed and did not kick the ball at fans as was claimed by some online. He then reacted angrily by hitting the window of the home dressing room, smashing the glass and severely injuring his hand. Clearly this was a highly regrettable incident, one which is not reflective of our club’s philosophy, and which to our knowledge was out of character for Tom. We have a club code of conduct and clearly this was in breach of the high standards we expect of our players and staff. We will be discussing matters with Tom in due course, although due to the severity of the injury and the loss of blood, our immediate concern was for his welfare. Tom was admitted to hospital as soon as possible after the incident and is today expected to undergo surgery on his hand.
Naturally we apologised on site immediately to the club and the very least we can do is to pay for the damage. Until this point we’ve enjoyed a very good relationship with them and have a huge respect for what they do; a crowd of over 400 for a midweek cup game is to be applauded. We hope that despite what happened last night, we’ll continue this positive relationship in the future and we wish them all the best for the rest of the season.