Search

Gills boss cleared by police after Crawley clash

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

Related articles

0 comments

Other popular content

Thu, 15:56
University of Kent

A peaceful demonstration in solidarity with Canterbury muslims will take place tomorrow at 2pm

Wed, 15:44
Kent's Sam Billings

England’s campaign begins on March 16 against West Indies

Friday, February 5, 2016
Ford Escort

Association urges owners to invest now in security devices to prevent being a victim

Most Read

Wed, 15:44
Kent's Sam Billings

England’s campaign begins on March 16 against West Indies

Read more
Sam Billings
Friday, January 22, 2016
Hartsdown Park, home of Margate Football Club

An agreement with Thanet District Council has been made in principle for the club to stay at the ground for 25 years

Read more
Thanet District Council
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Angry protesters

A protest against owner Roland Duchâtelet will take place at noon on Saturday, but details are being kept from club officials

Read more
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Nikki Bull

Boss Nikki Bull has praised the signing as “very important”

Read more
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Stonebridge Road, home of Ebbsfleet United

Boss Daryl McMahon has boosted a defence that has been increasingly light on bodies in recent weeks

Read more
Daryl McMahon

Digital edition

Local business directory

Kent's trusted business finder