No police action against Croft

  • Last Updated: October 25 2012, 16:53 BST

Oldham midfielder Lee Croft will not face police action after he was accused of racially abusing a ball boy.

Lee Croft: Facing no action

The allegation was made following the Latics' 1-1 draw away to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on October 13. Croft vehemently denied any wrongdoing and was backed by his manager Paul Dickov.

A statement released on Oldham's official website read: "South Yorkshire Police have found no evidence to support such allegations and they do not intend to take any further action in relation to this matter."

The statement continued: "It has been an extremely difficult time for Lee who has received the full support of the club and all his team-mates while these totally unfounded allegations have been investigated.

"The club would like to place on record its thanks to South Yorkshire Police for the thorough and expeditious manner in which it has completed its enquiry."

Speaking at the pre-match press conference for Latics npower League One trip to Crawley this weekend shortly before the news was announced, Croft thanked his team-mates and Dickov for their support over the past two weeks.

"It's been hard, obviously, but I've just tried to get on with it," he said.

"Coming in and getting on with my football, the lads have been brilliant.

"The gaffer has been good with me and the club as well, so it's been okay."

Sheffield United released their own statement regarding the conclusion of the police investigation.

The statement, which appeared on www.sufc.co.uk, revealed an apology from Croft for speaking "inappropriately to the ball boy".

It read: "South Yorkshire Police have completed and concluded their investigation into allegations that a Sheffield United ball boy was abused by the Oldham Athletic player Lee Croft towards the end of the match between the clubs at Bramall Lane on Saturday 13th October, 2012.

"The investigation has revealed there to be no substance to suggestions of racial abuse. Lee Croft has however, accepted he spoke inappropriately to the ball boy and he has apologised for his behaviour and any upset that was caused as a result.

"The apology has been accepted by the ball boy and, with that acceptance, there is to be no further police action. Both Sheffield United and Oldham Athletic Football Clubs have been fully supportive and co-operative throughout the investigation."

The content of Croft's inappropriate language is unclear given he was quoted after the match as saying "there was no foul and abusive language" involved in the exchange with the ball boy.


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