A NEWPORT County fan says he is "absolutely devastated" at the alleged incident involving abuse about the City fire towards Stuart McCall.

Rob Santwris expressed his dismay after claims from the Bantams boss that one fan had taunted him about the disaster in 1985 which killed 56 people.

There were also chants about the chip pan fire at Odsal in 1986 but McCall says one supporter shouted 'burn Bradford burn' at him in reference to the Valley Parade fire.

Santwris, who believes the person involved should be banned for life if the allegation is proved true, said: "I'm absolutely devastated. I still remember the Bradford City fire and it's one of the worst things I've ever seen.

"I'd like to apologise for all decent Newport County fans. Looking on our forums and message boards, everyone is absolutely horrified by this."

Santwris added that he hoped a fans event could be organised between the clubs next season - if they are still in the same division - as a gesture of goodwill toward City.

He added: "I know Stuart's father was in the stand in 1985 and Terry Yorath, who was born in Cardiff and went on to manage Wales, was assistant manager at Bradford to Trevor Cherry.

"Having some banter at games is great but, if the allegation is true, this is totally disgusting.

"99 per cent of County fans are shell-shocked."

Newport released a statement earlier today in which they confirmed they were investigating the matter.