Hartlepool defender Carl Magnay has spoken for the first time about his six-game ban, “categorically” denying spitting at a Wycombe Wanderers fan.
Ex-Gateshead and Grimsby defender Magnay has issued a statement through the League Two club after being suspended for six games by the Football Association for misconduct.
This is something I find abhorrent and simply would not doCarl Magnay
The FA banned the 26-year-old after finding him guilty of spitting following his late sending-off at Wycombe Wanderers last month.
Magnay said: “I categorically deny spitting on anyone and find the allegation made against me inaccurate.
“This is something I find abhorrent and simply would not do.
“There is no reaction by those in the vicinity where I spit, something which is supported by the video evidence.
“I would like to thank everyone connected with Hartlepool United for their support and I look forward to representing the club again once my ban is complete.”
Chief executive Russ Green added: “I am still astounded by the charge and the club’s support remains fully with Carl.
“I know that doing something like that is not in Carl’s nature and it’s disappointing for him and for the club that we will be without him for a period of time.
“He’s a committed professional though and there is no doubt that he will work hard in the coming weeks to ensure he remains in peak condition for when he is able to return.”