Shea and Dawson escape punishment after fan fracas

Barnsley's Brek Shea
Barnsley's Brek Shea
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BARNSLEY Football Club are to take NO disciplinary action against either Brek Shea or Stephen Dawson, two of their players involved in a post-match incident last Saturday against Huddersfield Town.

Midfielder Dawson apologised to the club’s supporters on Monday having been involved in an angry confrontation with one individual fan just after the final whistle of the Reds’ 5-0 loss to the Terriers at the John Smith’s Stadium.

And winger Shea, who is on loan from Stoke City, also apologised for his actions yesterday having allegedly given a rude one-finger gesture to the fan concerned.

Both players have made “substantial” charitable donates to Barnsley Hospice and the Championship club now hope the matter is closed.

A Barnsley spokesperson told The Star: “Brek and Stephen have both apologised for their actions and made substantial donations to charity.

“We encourage all of our loyal supporters to continue supporting us in our fight to retain our Championship status.”

Shea, who left straight after Saturday’s match to join the United States national team in Germany, said: “I would like to unreservedly apologise for what happened at the end of the Huddersfield match last week.

“Although my actions were aimed at one person who was abusing a teammate I realise I should not have reacted in that way in the heat of the moment. I regret those actions and the offence that it has caused.

“I did not intend to offend the Barnsley fans who have shown tremendous support for the team. The best way I can show this and repay you, the fans, is with my performances on the pitch.”

On Dawson, Danny Wilson confirmed: “The page has been closed with Stephen Dawson. I applaud him because he’s been big enough and brave enough to apologise straight away.”

Looking ahead to this afternoon’s home clash with Nottingham Forest, Wilson stressed: “It’s important we respond and get the boys back on the right track.

“In training this week we really have had some heart-to-hearts and the training has been very good. Hopefully we can put in a performance at the weekend in a way that can justify repaying the fans.”