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Fans save ballboy from getting the sack

A ballboy who shoved a the opposition manager to stop “timewasting” has kept his job after a fans’ protest.

16 year old Tom Aitchison snatched the ball from Hull City assistant manager Andy Crosby and apparently made a finger gesture.

He was sent from the pitchside and was seen high-fiving cheering Wolves fans towards the end of the 2-2 draw.

Supporters launched a petition after fearing he would get the sack, it was signed by 3,600 people. – Fan reaction to the latest football news, gossip & funnies

Wolves said Tom would keep his job.

Petition organiser Nathan Kerr, 27, said: “A lot of fans were outraged. As far as we are concerned a ball boy is there to retrieve the ball and they were holding it to waste time. It’s out of order.

“I wasn’t close enough to see but many fans have said he was gesturing ‘Number One’, as we are top of the league.

“I saw him go for the ball and someone fell over, not sure if he just lost his balance. The kid is a hero and was just showing some ­passion. The response has been amazing.”

Wolves managing director Laurie Dalrymple tweeted: “To confirm, there have been no staff dismissals following last night’s game.

“All ball crew were invited to report for duty for our next home game and reminded of their role and responsibilities.”


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