Bradford City issue statement on banned trio

City have this morning issued an official statement regarding the three players caught up in the Crawley melee.

While the football club’s internal inquiry into the after-match incident that followed Tuesday’s Crawley Town fixture is still ongoing, the club felt it was important to pass on one particular detail that has arisen from the investigation so far.

Director of Operations David Baldwin explained: “As fans will be aware, the club launched its own internal investigation into the events of Tuesday night, with a part of the inquiry including interviewing the players involved.

“While I can’t divulge the exact details gathered from those interviews, I can say that all of the players involved (Andrew Davies, Jon McLaughlin and Luke Oliver) were extremely quick to offer their sincere apologies for their actions and for any distress they may have caused the supporters, staff, management and directors.

“Our interviews with the players in question were done individually, but each player, without hesitation, was eager to express their deep regret and sadness at getting involved in such an unsavoury incident.

“It was clear looking at the players while we interviewed them that they were all deeply mortified at the shame the incident had brought on the football club and the people that are associated with the club.

“You could see they were all still visibly shaken by the magnitude of the events that took place on Tuesday night.”

Baldwin added: “The three players in question are normally a credit to themselves, their families and the football club. Their actions of Tuesday evening were totally out of character.

“It has clearly been a difficult week for everyone connected with Bradford City Football Club. Nobody at the club condones the actions of Jon, Luke and Andrew after the match on Tuesday. It was an incident that was certainly not befitting the usual high moral standards that the club sets for its players and staff.

“But it is extremely important now, more than ever, that everyone sticks together as the club aim to preserve its Football League status.”

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10:40am Sat 31 Mar 12

Rambo says...

No apology to Crawley, which I have no problems with as they didn't apologise to us when they released their official statement a few days ago.
No apology to Crawley, which I have no problems with as they didn't apologise to us when they released their official statement a few days ago. Rambo

10:40am Sat 31 Mar 12

prince35 says...

Say's nothing really.
Waste of a time statement from Mr baldwin.
Say's nothing really. Waste of a time statement from Mr baldwin. prince35

11:03am Sat 31 Mar 12

Beeceefcee says...

Might as well not bothered saying anything until internal investigation has been done. Doesn't say much
Might as well not bothered saying anything until internal investigation has been done. Doesn't say much Beeceefcee

11:27am Sat 31 Mar 12

southernbantam says...

City run the danger of trying to justify teh behaviour and actions of those involved in what was clearly a diabolical event that has brought shame and embarrassment to the Football Club. The actions of all involved on Tuesday is completely unacceptable and could cost us our place in the Football League. They should count themselves lucky that they haven't been sacked - yet!
City run the danger of trying to justify teh behaviour and actions of those involved in what was clearly a diabolical event that has brought shame and embarrassment to the Football Club. The actions of all involved on Tuesday is completely unacceptable and could cost us our place in the Football League. They should count themselves lucky that they haven't been sacked - yet! southernbantam

12:06pm Sat 31 Mar 12

DevonBull says...

PR rubbish, a total waste of effort, anybody involved in sport that does wrong should be punished in public. Simple!
PR rubbish, a total waste of effort, anybody involved in sport that does wrong should be punished in public. Simple! DevonBull

12:08pm Sat 31 Mar 12

al&co says...

Courtesy of modern technology I can read these posts and be in Plymouth at the same time.

The focus by everyone at the club has to be and no doubt will be on today's game. I arrived yesterday - staying until Sunday and I will be supporting the team as usual but there is no doubt that this has been a dreadful week and we have got our backs to the wall as a result.

I have met some Plymouth supporters who are certainly not fans of Crawley but they think this is a good time to play us and to be honest expect to win comfortably.

They are fully aware that we will have a makeshift defence and see this game as an opportunity to ease their own relegation worries.

If ever eleven Bradford City players needed to stand up and be counted it's today.

Come on City - go out there and have a real go. Be proud of your club and get after Plymouth.

I'll be kicking every ball and living every minute of the game, and yes, probably doing the odd bit of praying as well!

Good luck to all concerned and a big thank you to all supporters who have managed to travel and all those who will be sharing every moment of the game from back home..

Being honest, I'd take a draw right now but what a difference a win would make... well I can dream...
Courtesy of modern technology I can read these posts and be in Plymouth at the same time. The focus by everyone at the club has to be and no doubt will be on today's game. I arrived yesterday - staying until Sunday and I will be supporting the team as usual but there is no doubt that this has been a dreadful week and we have got our backs to the wall as a result. I have met some Plymouth supporters who are certainly not fans of Crawley but they think this is a good time to play us and to be honest expect to win comfortably. They are fully aware that we will have a makeshift defence and see this game as an opportunity to ease their own relegation worries. If ever eleven Bradford City players needed to stand up and be counted it's today. Come on City - go out there and have a real go. Be proud of your club and get after Plymouth. I'll be kicking every ball and living every minute of the game, and yes, probably doing the odd bit of praying as well! Good luck to all concerned and a big thank you to all supporters who have managed to travel and all those who will be sharing every moment of the game from back home.. Being honest, I'd take a draw right now but what a difference a win would make... well I can dream... al&co

12:30pm Sat 31 Mar 12

fatbloke says...

I am more concerned about our league safety and I thought we would be okay.

Having witnessed at training Parky instructing the fullbacks to protect the centre halfs its like our back 4 our worrying too much about their 2 (yes oly 2) strikers, which in turn makes our wingers more defense minded :-(
I am more concerned about our league safety and I thought we would be okay. Having witnessed at training Parky instructing the fullbacks to protect the centre halfs its like our back 4 our worrying too much about their 2 (yes oly 2) strikers, which in turn makes our wingers more defense minded :-( fatbloke

1:48pm Sat 31 Mar 12

parader no1 says...

If the full backs take their passports they might get over athe border (half way line) Seriously though I am more concerned with the FA will do, we will be in dire straits if they deduct points
If the full backs take their passports they might get over athe border (half way line) Seriously though I am more concerned with the FA will do, we will be in dire straits if they deduct points parader no1

2:02pm Sat 31 Mar 12

fatbloke says...

The team is as I said the other day...

4411 with Dagnal behind Fagan.. Which could also be 451.

Flynn on left and Syers on the right.
The team is as I said the other day... 4411 with Dagnal behind Fagan.. Which could also be 451. Flynn on left and Syers on the right. fatbloke

2:08pm Sat 31 Mar 12

NOTSOCOMMENSENSE says...

Thought i was back at leeds in the 70s. Happy days
Thought i was back at leeds in the 70s. Happy days NOTSOCOMMENSENSE

2:10pm Sat 31 Mar 12

340stopper says...

parader no1 wrote:
If the full backs take their passports they might get over athe border (half way line) Seriously though I am more concerned with the FA will do, we will be in dire straits if they deduct points
I too am concerned what the FA will do - i worry about a points deduction that could have grave consequences for our club.
To the posters who say don't worry there is no precedence, both Man Utd & Arsenal (if i remember correctly ) had points deducted after a brawl
in the 1990's.
Interesting to see Ling (Torquays manager) stating he hopes Torquay don't get automatic promotion on the strength of Crawley incurring a points deduction.
I am still of the opinion Davies should be returned to Stoke - it does not matter how good he is - he will have missed far too many games with his red cards.
We will never have a settled side.
Good luck to the lads today and if they draw or win i hope PP carries on with the same team and leaves the three (If they are still at BCFC) trying to claim a place back into the team, and not simply reinstated.
[quote][p][bold]parader no1[/bold] wrote: If the full backs take their passports they might get over athe border (half way line) Seriously though I am more concerned with the FA will do, we will be in dire straits if they deduct points[/p][/quote]I too am concerned what the FA will do - i worry about a points deduction that could have grave consequences for our club. To the posters who say don't worry there is no precedence, both Man Utd & Arsenal (if i remember correctly ) had points deducted after a brawl in the 1990's. Interesting to see Ling (Torquays manager) stating he hopes Torquay don't get automatic promotion on the strength of Crawley incurring a points deduction. I am still of the opinion Davies should be returned to Stoke - it does not matter how good he is - he will have missed far too many games with his red cards. We will never have a settled side. Good luck to the lads today and if they draw or win i hope PP carries on with the same team and leaves the three (If they are still at BCFC) trying to claim a place back into the team, and not simply reinstated. 340stopper

3:11pm Sat 31 Mar 12

dannbradfc says...

reid on the bench despite been fit and now from first attack we are one nil down.....what now parky??

We have no defence but plenty of attacking options and we've gone for a point imo.....reid would have been our only outlet on counter so why is he on the bench??

Bullock and Branston have no mobility so play deep but have pace to counter surely??
reid on the bench despite been fit and now from first attack we are one nil down.....what now parky?? We have no defence but plenty of attacking options and we've gone for a point imo.....reid would have been our only outlet on counter so why is he on the bench?? Bullock and Branston have no mobility so play deep but have pace to counter surely?? dannbradfc

3:44pm Sat 31 Mar 12

BigFigure says...

Reid fit? not according to radio reports.....back spasm so not 100%
Reid fit? not according to radio reports.....back spasm so not 100% BigFigure

4:09pm Sat 31 Mar 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

I don't think the people that villify Davies have actually seen any of his sendings off. He now has a bad rep due to vvvvvvvvv poor officiating. The melee aside. Usual sh I te spouted. At least if we get relegated I may stand shoulder to shoulder with true, knowledgeable fans. Not moaning minnies who would rather roll over and have the opps stamp all over us. Cretins.
I don't think the people that villify Davies have actually seen any of his sendings off. He now has a bad rep due to vvvvvvvvv poor officiating. The melee aside. Usual sh I te spouted. At least if we get relegated I may stand shoulder to shoulder with true, knowledgeable fans. Not moaning minnies who would rather roll over and have the opps stamp all over us. Cretins. Prisoner Cell Block A

4:10pm Sat 31 Mar 12

dannbradfc says...

BigFigure wrote:
Reid fit? not according to radio reports.....back spasm so not 100%
well he's on now and my radio reported that he was running freely before the game.....

Parky for me is proving each week how poor and negative is thinking is. You would think with all the scrutiny given by fans/press over his negative selections he would reflect on his approach ,.,..... but no.

Its just after half time and i ant heard Dagnalls name once.....

Bully for me as always been a poor man marker but i suppose his selection is dictated, as is Branston but for me thats was all the more reason to have pace to hit on the break. Play to our strengths. parky is often quoted saying how good we are well lets take them on then......
[quote][p][bold]BigFigure[/bold] wrote: Reid fit? not according to radio reports.....back spasm so not 100%[/p][/quote]well he's on now and my radio reported that he was running freely before the game..... Parky for me is proving each week how poor and negative is thinking is. You would think with all the scrutiny given by fans/press over his negative selections he would reflect on his approach ,.,..... but no. Its just after half time and i ant heard Dagnalls name once..... Bully for me as always been a poor man marker but i suppose his selection is dictated, as is Branston but for me thats was all the more reason to have pace to hit on the break. Play to our strengths. parky is often quoted saying how good we are well lets take them on then...... dannbradfc

4:21pm Sat 31 Mar 12

dannbradfc says...

we're having a go now and playing better but has ormonroyd says why dint this team start? its taken 60 minutes......
we're having a go now and playing better but has ormonroyd says why dint this team start? its taken 60 minutes...... dannbradfc

4:35pm Sat 31 Mar 12

northyorksbantam says...

Its nothing new Dann its been happening most of the season...probably explains why we lose 1-0 so often away. We leave it too late or until we go a goal down. Frustrating as we have the capable attacking players but hold them for to long
Its nothing new Dann its been happening most of the season...probably explains why we lose 1-0 so often away. We leave it too late or until we go a goal down. Frustrating as we have the capable attacking players but hold them for to long northyorksbantam

4:36pm Sat 31 Mar 12

northyorksbantam says...

should say hold them back
should say hold them back northyorksbantam

5:47pm Sat 31 Mar 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Set up to draw 00 bound to lose 1-0. It's been the same all season under PP
Set up to draw 00 bound to lose 1-0. It's been the same all season under PP Prisoner Cell Block A

5:56pm Sat 31 Mar 12

dannbradfc says...

we're having a go now and playing better but has ormonroyd says why dint this team start? its taken 60 minutes......
we're having a go now and playing better but has ormonroyd says why dint this team start? its taken 60 minutes...... dannbradfc

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