Bristol Rovers have released a club statement this afternoon relating to their striker Stefan Payne and his ‘obscene gestures’ to his own fans.
The incident came when Payne and the rest of his teammates were making their way off the pitch following their defeat at Barnsley.
The player has since apologised, as quoted on the Bristol Rovers website, “I accept that my actions on Saturday were wrong.”
“My family were in the stand and witnessed a small minority of supporters direct abuse towards myself throughout Saturday’s game – which I reacted to in the incorrect manner.”
“In my short time at the club, I have already witnessed that we are fortunate to have the backing of a great fan base and I apologise for my actions on Saturday afternoon.”
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? The club has issued a statement regarding the conduct of Stefan Payne after the final whistle at Oakwell on Saturday. https://t.co/5HflIRaGkl
— Bristol Rovers (@Official_BRFC) October 29, 2018
Rovers boss Darrell Clarke said, “We by no stretch excuse Stefan’s actions following the final whistle at Oakwell.”
“Once again, the Rovers fans travelled in great numbers to show their support for the team and we value the great following and backing that we receive away from home.
“A good number of Rovers supporters made the long trip to Barnsley on Saturday and we as a team are grateful for that support.
“While we are all feeling frustration given the current climate of the league position, it’s important that we are all pulling together in the right direction.
“A full internal investigation was actioned after the game and a disciplinary procedure has been concluded.
“Stefan has been fined for the incident and has been reminded about his future conduct.”
Bristol Rovers fans gave their thoughts on the club statement, some really made their feelings known on the player, other just wanted to move on – check those tweets out on the next page.