Barnsley’s Dawson apologises after contronting Reds supporter

Barnsley's Stephen Dawson
Barnsley's Stephen Dawson
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BARNSLEY midfielder Stephen Dawson has apologised after confronting a Reds supporter in the away end shortly after the 5-0 derby loss to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

The Irishman had to be restrained by team-mates after being involved in an altercation with a visiting fan and has now said sorry for his actions and made a ‘significant donation’ to Barnsley Hospice.

Angry fans let their feelings be known shortly before the final whistle with a chant of “You’re not fit to wear the shirt’ directed towards Reds players.

Dawson said: ‘Firstly, I would like to apologise for my actions on Saturday. My emotions were high and I shouldn’t have reacted the way I did.

“I’m really disappointed with what was said to me but I need to be professional enough to take that. The fans have paid an awful lot of money to come and see us and to lose five-nil, I can understand their frustrations and disappointment.

“I can only apologise on my behalf and assure supporters that it won’t happen again.

Meanwhile, the Reds have also issued a club apology following incidents just after the final whistle, with the club investigating an alleged incident involving Brek Shea, who appeared to make a gesture towards fans.

A further statement will be made upon Shea’s return from international duty with the USA.

A club statement said: “As a club, we do not condone any provocative actions from any of its employees and would like to further apologise for any offence caused.

“Having the backing of our supporters at Barnsley Football Club is of paramount importance, especially as we head into the final months of our current campaign.

“Supporters are the lifeblood of the club and are the one constant throughout.”