Fans have been left angry at a Kidderminster player who was sent off for what he said to a Chester defender during Tuesday night’s fixture.
The two sides came face to face in a National League North encounter which finish 2-1 to the Cheshire outfit at Aggborough Stadium.
The Blues’ Danny Elliott opened the scoring on the 22nd minute, finishing smartly from a cross sent into the area.
Shortly after, Ashley Hemmings was there at the far post to get an equaliser for the Harriers.
In the 38th minute, Amari Morgan-Smith was given his marching orders, leaving the Kidderminster Twitter admin confused it would see.
38′ Amari Morgan-Smith is given his marching orders, we’re not entirely sure what’s happened, in all honesty.
— Kidderminster Harriers ? (@khfcofficial) October 6, 2020
In the 56th minute, ex-Harrier Declan Weeks found the net from a tight angle, powering an effort in to make it 2-1 to the away side, which ended up being the winning goal.
Chester also went down to 10 men as Paddy Lacey flew in on Omari Sterling on the 63rd minute.
Kidderminster Harriers would like to acknowledge the circumstances of the sending off of striker Amari Morgan-Smith against Chester.
Amari was shown a red card during the first half for using offensive language.
The Club takes the nature of this offence extremely seriously and has taken steps to investigate the full facts of the matter.
Non Executive Director Monica Shafaq said: “Our supporters will be well aware of the club’s position and stance on these matters, so can be assured when we say we have, as a Board and a management team, quickly assessed the facts of the incident thoroughly.
“We absolutely condemn the use of foul and abusive language at any time and have reminded Amari of his responsibilities not only as a Kidderminster Harriers player, but as a role model for others.
“His actions will not be tolerated and, in line with FA Rules he will be suspended from playing and fined accordingly and, as a Club, we consider the matter closed.”
Amari Morgan-Smith said: “The club is very close to my heart so I am extremely upset that my actions may have caused offence to anyone at the Club – or anyone anywhere else.
“I fully accept that I used language I shouldn’t have done. At no time was I seeking to use it as an insult or form of abuse or malice, but I know that this is no excuse as there is no time that this kind of language is acceptable. I will take responsibility for my actions and learn from this.”
Neither party will make any further comment.
Harriers have released a statement following the sending off of Amari Morgan-Smith on Tuesday night.
The Club now considers the matter closed.
— Kidderminster Harriers ? (@khfcofficial) October 7, 2020
Fans reacted, and they were certainly left angry at the Kidderminster player who was sent off for what he said to allegedly Chester defender Danny Elliott…
Called Danny Livesey a ‘puff’ according to Bernard Morley
— Tom Grindley (@tommytours11) October 7, 2020
Called Livesey a puff that’s what the rumours going round is
If true then got what he deserved
No place for homophobic slurs in the game
— James (@James82732688) October 6, 2020
Your player is a homophobic slur
— Marc French (@marcfrench2) October 7, 2020
“At no time was I seeking to use it as an insult or form of abuse or malice…” What utter bollocks.
— RyRy (@itsRyRyUK) October 7, 2020
So why did he use that language? Oh right you aren’t going to comment on it. Cowards pic.twitter.com/NyE7FIewLr
— Stay@HomeSeals (@Upton_Blues) October 7, 2020
He called a player a “poof” and kept his job. If I called someone a “poof” at work, I’d expect to be fired. Not good enough that the case is “closed”. https://t.co/9CCuWPBhKy
— Jay (@JayHut_) October 7, 2020
If one of our players said what he said I’d expect stronger action to be taken.
There is no room in football for that sort of bullshit no matter how good you are or how much you’ve cost. https://t.co/8tCmUUE9VA
— Jim Schlong-Un. (@JimSchlongUn) October 7, 2020
Think the allegation was that there was a homophobic nature to it. Would that change the suspension period? https://t.co/z8tjdRFGz9
— Chris Spencer (@Cspen7140) October 7, 2020
Imagine if someone said something racist to @morgan_smith22 be up roar all over social media and in the news, but because he said something homophobic nothing gets said about it disgusting behaviour especially when some of your own fans might be gay https://t.co/KtgCnDfpao
— Luke Norris (@Luke_Norris1994) October 7, 2020