Junior player admits wading into crowd was error
A GOALIE who jumped into the crowd and brawled with abusive fans has apologised – but insists he acted in self defence.
Ross Wortley, 42, was sent off and could face a ban after losing the rag with a group of his own team’s supporters at the weekend.
We reported yesterday, inset, that there were reports of headbutts, uppercuts and kung fu kicks being thrown as he battled four drunks who had taunted him.
But Ross, from Dunfermline, is devastated that the flashpoint could bring his 14-year junior football career to an end.
He said: “For those who witnessed what happened I can only apologise, like I have apologised to my manager, my coaches, my fellow players and the committee.
“But no footballer or sportsperson should have to go through the sheer abuse that was getting thrown at me, no matter what level they are at. You play a sport because you love it and want to enjoy it. But you can’t when you get a minority of idiots wanting to ruin it.
“The abuse had been going on for three weeks but on Saturday it was personal and vile – it was disgusting to be honest.
“For the whole of the first half I was getting this, so at halftime I approached the so-called supporters, which I accept was the wrong thing to do.
“As soon as I got face-to-face, I started getting hit from three fans.
“There certainly weren’t any kung fu kicks on my part, I don’t think I could get my legs up that high. I had to defend myself like anyone else would.
“Unfortunately for me, by the time the referee noticed what was happening, he could only see me defending myself and had no option but to send me off.” The port worker is the goalkeeper for Dunfermline-based Oakley United and has previously played for Livingston United, Crossgates PJFC and West Calder. He added: “My young daughter usually comes to see me play but decided not to that day thankfully. “I’m in my retirement year as this is my 14th season in the juniors. “I wanted to run out for a big club again before I stop playing and Oakley fitted the bill. “I didn’t see it coming to an end like this and I’d be devastated if I can’t play the game I love because of this. “It’s unfortunate there is a small section of supporters that act the way they do. Most fans are great.” Ross lashed out during his side’s East of Scotland Cup second round tie with Tranent in Perth. Former Tranent manager Hamish Colgan, who witnessed the incident, backed up the goalie’s story. He said: “He shouldn’t have done what he did but he has acted under extreme provocation.” Wortley’s clash happened when Oakley were 2-1 down. They lost 5-1. The Scottish Junior FA are investigating the incident.
Parachute trial jury told to ‘ignore lies’ hero d after ance’