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York players “threatened with violence” after Hereford defeat – manager speaks out

York players “threatened with violence” after their 4-1 defeat against Hereford in the National League North on Tuesday night.

The Minstermen issued a strongly worded statement was posted on Thursday afternoon voicing their disapproval at what happened outside Bootham Crescent with Steve Watson also urging supporters to think about the consequences of their actions.

The club said on their website: “We are disappointed to report that two York City players were threatened with physical violence outside the stadium after Tuesday night’s defeat to Hereford.

“York City Football Club will not tolerate physical violence or threats.

“We are liaising with local police and we ask that any witnesses please contact the club directly.

“We pride ourselves on being a family orientated and friendly club and believe that the individuals in question are not a true reflection of our supporter base.”

Steve Watson spoke on his disappointment after the incident: “These lads go out and do their best every day in training and in every match. Do they really deserve to be confronted outside the car park and threatened? Absolutely not.

“The thousands of York City fans, who support us week in week out, will no doubt feel the same way as we do about this.

“It’s really annoyed me but at the same time we are going to use it as a tool to drive forward and put all of that into Saturday’s game.”

The club finished with: “On a similar note we would also ask for restraint and respect in regards to social media posts.

“Please take a minute to think about the effects of what you are writing, especially in this current climate, where social media has proven to have such terrible consequences on people’s mental health.”

Fans gave their reaction after reading that the York players were “threatened with violence”…

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