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A disastrous back pass (reference Mark at Crawley Town FA Cup 2003 or Peter for Canvey 2005).

 

 

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Under pressure

Race Row - Hill Statement
by Hardy on 24/09/2003

Garry Hill has issued a statement on the Fitzroy Simpson race row on the Daggers official site denying any wrongdoing. Hardy reports.

Garry Hill has his say
Daggers manager Garry Hill has today had his say on the race row engulfing the Daggers which has led to the departure of Mark Smith and Mark Stein from the club.

The statement at the clubs official website reads:

Garry Hill has this afternoon ended his silence over Fitzroy Simpson's complaint against an alleged racist remark during the recent draw with Telford and Mark Stein's subsequent announcement that he has left the club by releasing the following statement:-

"Everybody who knows me in football knows that I am not a racist. I have never been a racist person throughout my career as a player or manager.

"I have been very good friends with Paul Parker, the former England and Manchester United player for many years and he would tell anyone that I am not a racist. In fact, I would not tolerate any form of racism at my club.

"I therefore categorically deny that I made any form of racist remark towards Fitzroy Simpson or any other person during or after the Telford match.

"I have worked with Mark Stein for two full seasons and we have not had a problem at all. There has not been a bad word between us and I was therefore very surprised to be told that he had stated that he had chosen to leave the club.

"Mark didn't have a problem playing against Northwich Victoria the Saturday after the Telford game.

"The club also allowed Mark after his transfer request went in not to be selected for Monday's game with Exeter to give him the opportunity to enrol at university on the day of the game.

"As far as I am concerned as his manager, Mark Stein has not walked out on Dagenham and Redbridge because he is on the transfer list and is still being paid, rightly so, as a player of this club."

London Evening Standard report
The Evening Standard tonight carries an article reporting on the whole sorry mess with adds further to the confusion.

While the report is obviously written prior to Garry's denial it quotes an FA spokesman as saying "We have received no reports or formal complaints. All we know about this is what has been reported in the media."

It also says that Fitzroy Simpson is understood to have written to the FA, the Nationwide Conference and the Professional Footballers' Association asking for a full investigation into the incident as was reported here on the 11th September.

Even with the current state of the postal service and the FA's pre-occupation with events at Old Trafford, the letter must have arrived by now, if it was ever sent.

Something does not add up at all.

Now what?
It seems like we have a standoff now.

Mark Stein says two players have told him that the racist remarks attributed to Garry Hill were said.

The club has had an internal investigation and found no-one that will corroborate the story.

Garry Hill has now categorically denied any kind of racist remark.

It is now time for Mark Stein to name names and the club to follow that up internally, or to apologise and shut up.

Either way it looks like Mark Stein's Daggers career is over. As possibly the best player I ever saw wear the shirt that leaves me for one very sad.


 

 

 

 

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