Kendal Town commercial manager resigns over alleged racist comments
Kendal Town’s commercial manager Graham O’Callaghan resigned last night over an alleged racist comment made on a personal social media page.
Mr O’Callaghan has been charged by the Football Association for posting abusive, insulting or improper posts on social media.
It follows a Facebook post which made reference to the upcoming League Cup final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in which he referred to the White Hart Lane outfit by using the ‘Y-word’.
Mr O’Callaghan, who supports the Stamford Bridge club, said on his personal account last night that he denies the comment was racist.
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I announce my resignation from the management committee at my beloved Kendal Town FC,” he wrote.
“This follows speculation on social media that I made a racist comment. I will deny that the comment was racist and it was taken totally wrongly by someone and for that I will apologise unreservedly.
“Unfortunately I have taken this measure to try and reduce the impact it night have on a truly brilliant football club.
“I will repeat that I am not racist and it was made in an innocent way. Those that know me well will know this. But in this modern age, I have fallen foul of what is expected from a director of a club.
“Good luck to all at that club.”
Club chairman Haydon Munslow also released a statement last night, saying: “Kendal Town Football Club is aware that there has been some recent speculation and comment surrounding Commercial Manager Graham O’Callaghan’s personal social media postings.
“Whilst these postings are not linked, supported or endorsed by Kendal Town Football Club in any way, Graham has tonight tendered his immediate resignation from all official duties with Kendal Town Football Club to prevent any inadvertent connections being made.
“Kendal Town Football Club is a not for profit, community based, members led club and relies on its volunteer unpaid members to fundraise, administer, guide and run the club.
“Graham has given much time and energy in support of our club and has decided to make the sacrifice of his official position by stepping down to prevent any accidental links or embarrassment that may be caused.”
From Westmorland Gazette