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Unsavory scenes mar Hartlepool defeat against Ebbsfleet

Unsavory scenes mar Hartlepool defeat against relegation contenders Ebbsfleet United at Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon.

It all came at the final whistle with players from both teams squaring up – with mascot H’Angus the Monkey even getting involved.

Pools manager Dave Challinor was given a red card by referee Aaron Jackson, who appeare dto lose control of the trouble unfolding on the pitch.

As reported by Northern Echo and Hartlepool Mail, one fan from the Neale Cooper Stand got onto the pitch to be dragged away from the opposition players, who were squaring up to supporters.

Ebbsfleet player Jermaine McGlashen revealed that he suffered racist abuse during the game.

He wrote on Twitter: “Class from the few Hartlepool players that came to see how I was today after being racially abused not for the first time in a game, no room whatsoever for it & hope it gets dealt with accordingly! @kickitout”

He is said to have pointed towards one of the stands when speaking to the referee and fourth official.

Keeper Jordan Holmes was also in discussions with the officials, which delayed Ebbsfleet’s penalty on 80 minutes, which was eventually scored and went on to be the winner.

An announcement was made over the tannoy, as part of the anti-racism protocol, which followed the penalty.

Kevin Watson said: “I didn’t hear anything at all and we are miles away from where the allegations were made: one from our goalkeeper behind the goal, one from the far side involving Jermaine McGlashan. I’ve not heard anything so can’t comment.

“I will say they are both very good lads and while we were winning I would not want any more time to be added – the last thing we wanted was nine minutes.

“It’s been reported, both by myself and Dave (Challinor) with the officials. They followed the protocol to call us over, then a tannoy announcement and then see the referee afterwards.

“I don’t think you report something like that unless it happened.

“I’ve spoke to both players. Jordan immediately run over as it came from behind the goal. He can’t see or identify anyone with his back to the crowd.”

Pools boss Dave Challinor said: “We lost and there’s been allegations. I‘ve heard nothing and things will be dealt without of my control. That’s where we are at.

“The players are disappointed at losing the game. We control what we can control and to a degree we did that today.

“But we aren’t sat here with three points and we will concentrate on winning games.

“Next we will deal with it, put reports in and that’s as far as it goes. I can’t control those things, it’s bigger than what I am. I’m in charge of managing my dressing room.

“The referee’s control over the whole game wasn’t great, not what we can affect and the referee has been quite open and honest which is refreshing.

“For me, over 500 games as a player and over 500 as a manager and it’s a first. I will look at what’s gone on. It’s handbags, I’ve tried to solve a problem with their players going over and antagonising a volatile situation.

“Does he think I’ve said something to him? There’s a coming together with no great action. The linesman says he sees something and the referee reacts to that.

“Have I don’t anything? No. Had their player done anything? No. I’m sure he will appeal and I will to.

“I can’t comment any further on that, I really can’t.”

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“Following today’s fixture against Ebbsfleet United, we can confirm that allegations of two incidents during the game have been made.

“It is important to state that, at this stage, these alleged incidents are unsubstantiated and will be subject to a full investigation.

“We will hide nothing in our thorough examination of the facts and will respond to any enquiries from any authorities.

“As importantly, once we have carried out a full investigation we will identify any action required and, regardless of this, will not be distracted from our commitment and efforts to promote diversity and educate inclusivity.

“Hartlepool United condemn abuse of any nature and we will continue to work closely with the relevant bodies to ensure that Victoria Park is a safe and welcoming environment for all supporters, staff and players.”

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