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Gills boss cleared by police after Crawley clash

PUBLISHED: 15:38 28 December 2011

Gills boss Andy Hessenthaler

Gills boss Andy Hessenthaler

Ady Kerry / AK Pictures

Reported allegations aimed at Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler during the trip to Crawley Town on Boxing Day have been dismissed after a brief investigation by Sussex Police.

The two sets of management staff clashed verbally during the game, which Gillingham won 2-1. The ill-feeling continued with a heated exchange after the final whistle between Crawley boss Steve Evans and several members of the Gills management and playing staff.

A complaint to the police was subsequently made by the home side and Hessenthaler was spoken to by an officer before leaving the Broadfield Stadium.

A statement from Gillingham says the case will not be taken any further, allowing the Gills boss to continue preparing for Friday night’s trip to Dagenham & Redbridge.

It reads: “We are aware that an unfounded allegation was made by a member of staff at Crawley Town FC about comments between the benches at the game between Gillingham and Crawley on Boxing Day.

“We were prepared to challenge and rigorously defend Gillingham FC and Andy Hessenthaler in particular with regard to these allegations and are disappointed in the extreme that such suggestions were made and put into the public domain.

“Sussex Police have looked into the matter and have advised the club that they have closed their investigation and will be taking it no further.

“We are pleased that we can now put the allegation behind us and focus on a tremendous result in the game and continue our preparations against Dagenham on Friday and beyond.”

Photo by ADY KERRY

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