Crawley duo offer grovelling apologies after mass brawl at Bradford
08:58 GMT, 30 March 2012
Shamed Crawley duo Pablo Mills and Claude Davis have written letters of apology following their roles in a mass brawl after the club's win at Bradford City on Tuesday night.
Red Devils captain Mills and Jamaica international Davis were both sent off – along with Bradford trio Jon McLaughlin, Luke Oliver and Andrew Davies – after a melee in which several punches seen to be were thrown.
Shameful behaviour: Bradford and Crawley players brawl
The FA have charged both clubs with
failing to control their players and have issued individual violent
conduct charges to Mills and team-mate Kyle McFadzean, who escaped
punishment on the night.
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Riot: Bradford keeper Jon McLaughlin is escorted from the field by Crawley's Michael Kuipers
Pablo Mills statement
May I offer my most sincere apologies for my inappropriate and unprofessional behaviour at the end of our match with Bradford City on Tuesday evening.
My actions were wholly unacceptable and inexcusable and it is something I deeply regret. I have been hurting since Tuesday when in reality I should have been proud of another great victory, I am deeply ashamed of what happened.
My behaviour at Bradford City was not only out of character but totally unacceptable. I am ashamed of my conduct and I would like to place on record my apologies to everyone at Crawley Town Football Club and especially our supporters who should never have had to watch such actions from a player at their club.
I would also like to offer my sincerest apologies to my family who watched me behave in such a way.
I accept I will be disciplined by the football club and the Football Association and I can only trust that my previous excellent disciplinary record is taken into consideration. I am proud to be a player at Crawley Town Football Club and can assure everyone that no such offence will ever happen again.
Claude Davis statement
I would like to place on record my apologies to my employers and the supporters for my reactive behaviour at the end of our match with Bradford City.
Throughout my career, from the Premier League to League Two, I have always taken pride that I am recognised and respected for being a hard and fierce competitor but my retaliatory action on Tuesday evening fell way below my personal standards and those expected of me at my proud football club.
I would like to offer my unreserved apologies to the Directors of Crawley Town Football Club, the supporters, the Gaffer and staff plus my team mates. I have let every single one of them down with my actions.
My family mean the world to me and my behaviour falls way short from that expected of a proud husband and father and to them I also apologise.
I accept that internal disciplinary action will be taken as well as my FA suspension. I can only say sorry and will accept what comes my way. May I state very clearly that I will not get involved in any such events again.