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Studley look to the FA after Smith abuse
8:00pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Sport
STUDLEY are set to complain to the FA about the conduct of a section of Atherstone’s fans during Saturday’s 3-1 FA Cup defeat.
A group of home supporters subjected Bees boss Paul Smith to verbal and physical abuse.
The manager says he was confronted by two different Atherstone fans during the match at Sheepy Road and said he had his ears flicked and beer thrown at him, with no support from the stewards to try and stem the tide of vile behaviour.
Studley’s players were also subjected to crude insults during the game and afterwards in the clubhouse.
“I’ve have never known anything like it in 20 years of football and I hope I never experience it again,” said a shocked Smith.
“I was abused verbally and physically, I had beer thrown at me and my ears flicked. Two fans climbed over and confronted me, it was unbelievable. We went in the bar afterwards but we got more abuse from the same people and I decided to take my players out as quick as I could. We will be sending a letter to the FA because you can’t let this sort of thing happen.”
Smith admitted that his side were below their best as they were knocked out of the FA Cup and missed a chance to play Redditch in the first qualifying round.
He added: “It’s was one of those matches. Atherstone were hungrier and worked harder than us and they deserved to win. It’s a shame, I would have loved to have played Redditch.”
The Bees, who played Lichfield at home last night, still top the Midland Combnation Premier and begin the FA Vase with a trip to Heath Hayes Saturday (3pm ko).
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