BOXING DAY BUST UP IS NO HESS-LE!
ANDY Hessenthaler insists there was nothing to the incident that has seen club Leyton Orient president Francesco Becchetti charged with misconduct after aiming a kick at the assistant manager.
Orient had won their Boxing Day game 3-2 against Portsmouth when Becchetti was caught on camera following Hessenthaler onto the pitch before swinging his leg at him.
And, while the Italian has been charged by the FA for violent and/or improper conduct, Hessenthaler was keen to play down the incident.
“Well, it is Boxing Day, to be fair. It was nothing – it was fine. It was a little bit of banter; something that’s been going on between us over the last few weeks,” he said.
“It probably looked worse than it was. He’s a passionate guy, you can see that.”
Becchetti now has until January 4 to respond to the charge but a club statement reiterated Hessenthaler’s stance.
It said: “There was absolutely nothing untoward about the exchange and the two men get along very well professionally on the pitch and personally off it.”