Spit spat as Wayne sees red

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

JC CAC Mon­tana Boca United B have thrown Mark Wayne out of the club af­ter he was sent off for spit­ting and later squar­ing up to an op­po­nent in the car park fol­low­ing Sun­day’s JC Cyril Anek­stein Cup de­feat against North Lon­don Raiders B.

Wayne re­acted badly fol­low­ing a chal­lenge from Raiders’ Gavin Hodes but then chose to carry out a tirade against the player.

In a state­ment to the league, Hodes, who filed a com­plaint to the Metropoli­tan Po­lice, said: “In 20 years of foot­ball, I have never been in­volved in such dis­grace. He kept at­tack­ing me ver­bally, foul­ing and spit­ting at me nu­mer­ous times.

“Af­ter the game he ver­bally at­tacked me again in the car park like he said he was go­ing to, and threat­ened to hit me. How­ever, his play­ers held him back from do­ing so.”

Mon­tana chair­man Ray­mond Har­rod said: “Mon­tana FC does not tol­er­ate this un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour. Mark has now left the club at the re­quest of the Mon­tana man­age­ment team.

“Any wit­nesses from Mon­tana will of course co-op­er­ate with the league and po­lice. On be­half of the club I would like to apol­o­gise to Gavin and hope he will con­tinue his good re­la­tion­ship with the club.”

Raiders boss Rob Rich­man “com­mended the way both the league and Mon­tana have dealt with this mat­ter swiftly and de­ci­sively”.

Raiders cap­tain and as­sis­tant-man­ager Richard Sacks told JC Sport: “What Mark Wayne did was the low­est of the low. It was an ap­palling way to be­have, even af­ter the match.

“Gavin has not got a bad bone in his body and quite frankly I am re­ally sur­prised that Mr Wayne got him­self so wound up.”

The for­mer league vice-chair­man went on to say: “To be fair to Mon­tana, I thought the rest of their play­ers and man­age­ment con­ducted them­selves in a com­mend­able way, es­pe­cially af­ter the in­ci­dent. Their man­ager, Bobby Ma­jor, could not apol­o­gise enough. Hope­fully, their player will learn from this and con­cen­trate more on his foot­ball in the fu­ture be­cause he could ac­tu­ally be a use­ful player to have around.”

Raiders won the tie 3-0 cour­tesy of strikes from Nick Ken­ton, James Fo­leyComer and Adam Pos­ner.

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