Branston in hot water over swearing allegation

Last updated : 08 February 2006 By Dave Moore
Guy Branston's reaction to the fans who booed off the team at half time in Athletics disappointing loss to Port Vale could see him ending up in hot water. It is claimed that he swore towards the Chaddy End and one supporter took exception to the action and dubbed it as "totally unnecessary and unacceptable." As a result of the complaint, the club are looking into the matter and will view video as evidence as to what happened. Branston will appear before the FA later this week for a similar incident which occured at Scunthorpe back in October.

Alan Hardy said, "We are looking into this matter to see whether anything untoward happened at the weekend. If we find evidence that it did, the club will decide on the appropriate course of action."

Results are becoming that desperate that the incidents are coming fast and furious as the Latics faithful lose patience with the 3-4-3 system and the high ball tactics which are currently being played. Fans are disappointed with manager Ronnie Moore's inability to get the team to gel and with some of them already asking for his head. In the previous home game against Gillingham Moore himself admitted using foul language towards a fan but subsequently issued a public apology.

Moore is hoping for an upturn in fortunes at Bournemouth on Saturday and commented, "I'm sure the players don't think it's finished when they go behind, but they do need to be tougher. We need the winning mentality and the strength for everyone to pull together when things go slightly against us. Our fans are great when they get behind the team, so we need to give them some encouragement because it does make a difference. Supporters are bound to get frustrated when they see professionals who aren't passing from A to B, but the players are more frustrated than anyone."