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STATEMENT: Response from club director

12 January 2015

Club director responds to Cambridge match allegations

United director Steven Pattison today responded to allegations he had told unhappy fans ‘not to come back’ at the end of Saturday’s home defeat against Cambridge United.

Speaking about the incident, which saw a number of fans confront members of the director’s box shortly after full time, he said: “I responded directly to the threats of violence and intimidating language being used by a small minority of disgruntled fans towards the director’s box which, for whatever reason, seems acceptable in the game today. 

“The response was aimed at these particular persons who hopefully will be identified on our CCTV and the necessary punishment enforced.”  

“The comment I made to a few fans was ‘get yourselves away’ but it was in no way intended to cause offence or to aggravate the situation,” he explained. “I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to any supporter who feels this was the case.  

“I always make myself available to talk to fans at every home game and I certainly would not encourage anyone to stay away, particularly at a time when we need to be pulling together. Our focus has to be on getting behind the manager and his team as we look to secure the points we need to get us climbing up the table.”

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