Date:Thursday March 20 2008
Roberto Martinez has given his full backing to assistant manager Graham Jones following his arrest by Somerset and Avon Police on Tuesday evening.
Jones allegedly lashed out at Bristol Rovers defender Danny Coles in a tunnel bust up. Coles only sustained minor injury to his lip Rovers manager Paul Trollope later confirmed.
Tempers began to flare after Swansea City's on loan striker Fabien Brandy was sent off after a two footed challenge on Coles. Hands were seen to be raised by the Rovers defender to Brandy, which further compounded a fractious situation. Roberto Martinez will not appeal the red card given to Brandy but has expressed his disappointment for under fire official Uriah Rennie for not sending Danny Coles off for his part in the altercation
Both clubs have expressed a desire for a line to be drawn under the whole affair as Bristol Rovers travel to the Liberty Stadium on Monday.
Martinez has vowed that the matter will be dealt with internally and will leave Somerset and Avon police to conduct their investigations into the altercation in the tunnel.
Not wishing to be drawn into a long debate, the Spaniard also has been quick to put back football on the agenda as his side look to gain another 3 points in the race for the Championship at Play off hopefuls Southend United.
Martinez told the SWEP:
|'These situations happen many times in football when people really care about the three points.It was a heated encounter and I have seen these things happen many times in the tunnel.'|
When the police get involved it gets a little more public, but everything is back to normal and we will deal with this internally.I don't expect any repercussions. All we want is to let the football talk and have a fantastic derby on Monday.He got back from Bristol an hour later than the rest of us, but that was the only different thing he did.'
You don't want to be in a situation where you're talking publicly about non-football issues, but on the other side there's nothing wrong with being passionate in your beliefs and about the football club you defend.'
Things are still in the hands of the police and I'm not sure how long things will take to finalise, but from a football side the two clubs have cooperated really well and moved on.'
Date:Thursday March 20 2008
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