Anger as York City players threatened with violence after game

Bootham Crescent before the Hereford game on Tuesday. Photograph: YorkMix
5 Mar 2020 @ 4.03 pm
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Two York City players were threatened with violence after the game on Tuesday night.

It happened after the match with Hereford, which City lost 4-1.

Two players “were threatened with physical violence outside the stadium,” the club reported today.

In a statement, the club said that it “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.”

‘Confronted and threatened’

Steve Watson

City manager Steve Watson spoke about his disappointment at what had happened:

  • 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 also called 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,” the statement said.