Hendon have released a statement after the incident that led to the abandonment of their fixture against AFC Sudbury on Saturday.

The statement, released on Monday lunchtime, confirmed that stalwart Kevin Maclaren has left the club.

It read “The club have issued the following statement following the events on Saturday afternoon.hendon

“An internal investigation has been opened in the wake of Saturday’s incident which resulted in the abandonment of our League match against AFC Sudbury. No further comment will be made until that investigation has been concluded.

However, as a result of Kevin Maclaren having received a red card for violent conduct, it has been mutually agreed between the Board, the manager and the player himself that Kevin will leave the club with immediate effect.

While the reasons for his departure are extremely disappointing, Kevin’s contribution and loyalty to the club cannot be overstated, having played almost 300 games since his debut at the start of the 2008/9 season. Kevin wore the captain’s armband with great pride for much of his Hendon career and remained loyal to the club despite having received a number of offers to go elsewhere for greater reward.

The club thanks him for his outstanding service and wishes him well for the future.”

Manager Gary McCann also released a statement on the club’s website paying tribute to Maclaren for his time at the club.

He said “It is with a heavy heart that I write this statement.

As you will now know after nearly 300 games covering around 8 years we have mutually agreed for Kevin Maclaren to leave the club.

Whenever Kev put the Hendon shirt on he wore it with great pride and gave absolutely everything for this club, never anything less than 100% and I had no hesitation in appointing him as captain.

What isn’t so well known is his leadership and support off the pitch. While on the pitch I had a great captain and very talented player, off the pitch Hendon had a loyal and outstanding captain. He always found time to talk to our supporters and always showed genuine concern over the wellbeing of staff, officials and supporters alike.

His emotions got the better of him on Saturday in his first game back for 8 weeks in a crucial fixture. I am saddened that it has ended this way and for me personally Kev gave so much and will be sorely missed, not only as a player and captain but also as someone that I could fully trust in my dressing room. It will be a lesser place without him.

I personally thank Kev for all that he has been and for all that he has given and I wish him the very best of luck for the future.

We will remain close mates.”

Source: www.hendonfc.net

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