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
The statement at the clubs official
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.
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."