Oldham player Lee Croft in racist abuse allegation
Oldham winger Lee Croft has denied allegations that he racially abused a Sheffield United ball boy at Bramall Lane on Saturday
South Yorkshire Police confirmed it was looking into an allegation of racist abuse by an unnamed player following the npower League One match, which ended 1-1 after the visitors scored a 97th-minute equaliser.
But while admitting to “having a go” at the ball boy in question and subsequently trying to apologise, Croft denied abusive language.
The 27-year-old was quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror: “He was wasting time, I ran over to get the ball and he kicked it away.
“I have had a go at him and that didn’t go down too well with the fans.
“Their fans told me to apologise so at the end of the match I ran over to him but he pushed my hand away, he didn’t want to know.
“I have done nothing wrong and there was no foul or abusive language. It is all finished.”
A statement for the League One club said: “The player has categorically denied the allegation. The club and his team-mates are fully supportive of him.
“The club will not be making further statements in relation to this matter.”