Gainsborough Trinity has apologised for their manager’s derogatory comments about the people of Boston, after the club lost a local derby.
In an interview with BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Trinity’s manager Steve Housham said his side were accused of “being scared” and defensive.
He said: “The only thing to be scared about going to Boston is coming out with the same amount of fingers you went in with.”
Boston United won the game 1-0.
BBC Radio Lincolnshire immediately apologised on air after Mr Housham made the comments, following the Vanarama National League North game played at Boston’s York Street ground, on 28 December.
Mr Housham refused to apologise, and has not made any further comment since the interview on New Year’s Day.
In a statement, Gainsborough Trinity Football Club, said: “In light of recent comments made to the media, on this occasion the club wish to make it known that the views expressed are not those of Gainsborough Trinity Football Club as a whole.
“We unreservedly apologise for any offence caused by those comments. Despite an understanding that the manager has a right to reply, we feel it only right to draw a line under this matter and move forward.”
Fans also took to Twitter after the statement was issued.
Tony Goor ?wrote: “Pleased to see this. Much needed. Mr Housham himself does need to apologise though, then we can move on.”
Boston fan Michael Burgess wrote: “Club shouldn’t have to apologise for him, that should come from the man himself.”