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Darlington fans claim Spennymoor player ‘touched himself’ in front of fans during goal celebration

Darlington fans have claimed that one of Spennymoor Town’s players had touched himself in front of fans during a goal celebration when the two sides met yesterday.

The allegations came after both clubs released statements about trouble which took place following the full time whistle at Blackwell Meadows.

Darlington’s read: There was an alleged incident outside the ground immediately after the Darlington v Spennymoor Town game on Saturday in which a young Spennymoor supporter was struck by a so-called Darlington “fan”.

We are assisting Spennymoor Town FC and Durham Constabulary with their enquiries into this incident, and would like to wish the Spennymoor supporter concerned a speedy recovery.

Darlington Football Club prides itself as a community and family-friendly club and does not condone this type of conduct by a so-called “fan” whatsoever. Indeed, let us make our view very clear — any individual who is found guilty regarding this incident will be banned by the club for life.

Tony Wilson, Spennymoor Town’s Managing Director said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank both the club officials at Darlington FC and the Durham Constabulary for their assistance following the unsavoury scenes at full time today.

“We will be working in tandem with our counterparts at Darlington over the coming days to ascertain exactly what went on with regards to an injury to a Spennymoor supporter.

“I’m also very proud to pass on a commendation from the Police concerning the behaviour of Spennymoor Town supporters in the face of provocation.

“There is no place in football for the extent of abuse that our officials, management, players and supporters experienced from a minority of Darlington supporters. It is absolutely a minority who overstepped the mark and we’d like to thank the other Quakers supporters for contributing to a great atmosphere at Blackwell Meadows.

“We’re now supporting the Moors fan concerned, whose injury is minor, and deciding on the best course of action moving forward as we ascertain what took place.”

A separate ‘incident’ started getting talked about on the replies of both statement tweets by supporters who had attended the match yesterday.

Quakers fans took to their opposition’s Twitter to complain about Moors player Jamie Chandler, who allegedly celebrated in front of the home fans while touching himself on numerous occasions.

Chandler used to play for the Quakers between 2009 and 2012, racking up 66 appearances before he then headed for Gateshead.

Others also criticised Darlington for letting both sets of supporters out at the same time after the game – take a look at what they had to say on the next page.

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