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Sacked Kent Kings captain ‘disgusted’ with treatment

PUBLISHED: 09:41 16 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:41 16 May 2013

Kent CTA Fire Kings David Mason in the action at the opening meeting against the American Internationals at Central Park, Sittingbourne, 6th Mayl 2013.

Kent CTA Fire Kings David Mason in the action at the opening meeting against the American Internationals at Central Park, Sittingbourne, 6th Mayl 2013.

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David Mason refutes claims he stepped down from captaincy role at Kent Kings.

Former Kent Kings captain David Mason refutes that he stood down as the side’s skipper claiming he was sacked after just two meetings with the new team.

Mason was brought in two months ago to head up the new speedway outfit at Sittingbourne’s Central Park Stadium, but after two competitive meetings he has been sacked by the Kings hierarchy.

A statement issued by the club said Mason had stood down and relinquished his captaincy at the National League side, with former Sheffield rider Benji Compton coming in to replace him and team mate Steve Boxall chosen to lead the side.

However Mason, who was informed by the side’s co-promoter Len Silver on Wednesday night, refutes that.

He said: “Len phoned me and said he’s got no choice but to make changes after the second meeting because we lost by twenty points. He sacked me, he told me I was sacked and that he was bringing in Benji Compton.

“I said to Len at the time that you must be joking because I’ve put so much effort in this year not only to help and promote Kent Speedway along with bringing my sponsors to become involved with the club, I feel that not only has Len let them down, I feel disgusted for them because of the way that I have been treated.

“I’ve known Len for fourteen years and he has treated me like this is disgusting and I can’t believe it. He didn’t even have the decency to say goodbye on the phone, he just hung up. I did not stand down, no way did I stand down and no way did I give up my captaincy.”

Mason rode for Silver at his previous side Rye House, while having loan spells at Weymouth and Mildenhall.

“With the investment in equipment for the season that I have made, do you think that I would stand down? This is not about me standing down at all, I wouldn’t dream of standing down,” he said. “If I commit to something then I commit to something and give it 100 per cent. I don’t back down after one and a half meetings, why would I want to do that?.

“I feel so sorry for my sponsors and my supporters. Many have made me fully aware that they will not be attending Kent Speedway in the future.”

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