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Chesterfield strip player of captaincy after tweets landed him in trouble

Chesterfield have this morning confirmed that they have stripped Anthony Gerrard of captaincy after tweets landed him in trouble.

The former Carlisle, Oldham, Shrewsbury, Huddersfield, Hull, Cardiff, Walsall, Accrington and Everton player, who only signed for the Spireites in the summer, has played six league games this season, but was unavailable for Chesterfield’s 1-0 win over Torquay United due to a hamstring injury.

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Fans took to Twitter to ask why he was out but he hit back and joked he had sex with fan’s mum.

One fan asked: “What’s your excuse this week, fat boy?”

Gerrard replied: “Pulled my hammy last Saturday night while I was rifling your mother, hope that clears that up.”

He then told the same fan: “You’ve got far too much to say for yourself fella, come to the ground on Tuesday and voice your opinion while your (sic) standing in front of me, rather than acting brave behind your phone, look forward to seeing you.”

The supporter replied by saying: “Does 8am suit you?”

Gerrard then jokingly said: “Say 9[am], let my full English settle.”

The club posted a statement: “An internal investigation is being conducted following social media messages posted over the weekend,” said the club.

“There will be no further comment until the investigation has been concluded.”

The Derbyshire Times have since confirmed via the club that Gerrard has also been stripped of the captaincy.

Gerrard said: “I accept that I was wrong to respond to messages sent to me via social media. It was not my intention to bring the club into disrepute and I would like to apologise to anyone who was offended by my comments.

“I have the utmost respect for this club and the people associated with it and will do everything I can to help improve the club’s standing, both on the pitch and by representing Chesterfield FC in the community.”


Fans replied to Chesterfield’s statement on social media with some suggesting that Anthony Gerrard should have been sacked – see those tweets for yourself on the next page.


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