#sports activities AFC Fylde have launched a formal complaint to the FA after dressing-room bust-up against Chester
AFC Fylde launch a formal complaint to the FA following dressing-room bust-up against Chester… after their 67-year-old kit-man was allegedly abused by the residence aspect’s assistant supervisor Colin Woodthorpe
- AFC Fylde have launched a formal complaint to the FA after enjoying Chester
- The membership accuse Chester’s assistant supervisor Colin Woodthorpe of abuse
- Fylde’s 67-year-old kit-man Steve Cowell was the alleged goal of the rant
AFC Fylde have made a formal complaint to the FA about the behaviour of Chester and their assistant supervisor Colin Woodthorpe following a rare dressing-room bust-up after their National League North conflict that occurred final weekend.
Fylde had been contemplating taking motion after round 20 Chester followers tried to enter their dressing room, with Woodthorpe then alleged to have aimed a foul-mouthed tirade at Fylde kit-man Stephen Cowell.
Fylde have additionally written to Cheshire Police — alleging that Cowell feared he was going to be dragged from his van after being approached for a second time by Woodthorpe.
AFC Fylde have launched a formal complaint to the FA after a bust-up against Chester
Colin Woodthorpe, right here pictured working for AFC Fylde, has been accused of abusing a kitman
Woodthorpe claims he tapped Cowell’s van to ask why he was leaving the stadium earlier than the away dressing room had been cleaned, however denies trying to enter the car. Fylde received the match at Chester 1-0.
Fylde kitman Steve Cowell advised Sportsmail on Monday night time that Woodthorpe repeatedly swore at him and known as him ‘canine’s breath’ in the away dressing room, earlier than coming at him ‘like a raging bull’ as he tried to go away the floor in a van.
Woodthorpe spent seven years as a coach at Fylde earlier than being sacked by them two years in the past, which led to him efficiently suing the membership for unfair dismissal. The 53-year-old clashed once more together with his former employers earlier this summer season when the membership reported him to the FA for allegedly posting abusive messages on social media, however no motion was taken.
Steve Cowell, pictured right here whereas employed at Preston, has detailed the abuse allegations
Chester concede there was an incident involving their followers after a heated sport that includes three pink playing cards earlier than Fylde scored a last-minute winner, however dispute that followers entered the dressing room. Woodthorpe is known to have admitted to swearing at Cowell, however has denied charging at him.
‘I opened the dressing-room door to begin loading the van and about 20 Chester followers piled in, making an attempt to get at us,’ Cowell advised Sportsmail. ‘Luckily there have been three cops there, and so they dragged them away earlier than they might do a lot harm. The police did a nice job.
‘I loaded the van, then went again to the dressing room to tidy up when Woodthorpe got here at me out of nowhere. He simply stored shouting, ‘f*** off, f*** off, f*** off, canine’s breath!’ It was terrifying, however once more the police pushed him away and shut the dressing-room door.
‘I used to be badly shaken up. I had to cease on the means residence to compose myself. I nonetheless really feel weak. I’m 67 and have grandkids. I’ve labored in soccer my complete life and have by no means seen something like this.’