Brighton apologise to Crystal Palace over dressing room excrement
Brighton have apologised to Crystal Palace after excrement was found smeared on the Amex Stadium’s away dressing room walls ahead of the Championship play-off semi-final second leg.
Someone at Brighton with access to the dressing rooms had staged a dirty protest ahead of the match, and the Eagles arrived for the game to discover their dressing room had been given an impromptu brown makeover.
In an email to season tickets holders, Seagulls chief executive Paul Barber said: “We apologised to Crystal Palace as soon as the vandalism in their dressing room was discovered and again more formally a few days after the match.”
He added: “We have reviewed internal procedures to guard against this happening again.”
Manager Gus Poyet and members of his backroom team have since been suspended by the club, but their suspension is unrelated to the excrement incident.
Barber wrote: “Defeat at home to our biggest rivals in a play-off semi-final; the suspension from work and pending investigation of three members of our staff [Poyet, assistant manager Mauricio Taricco and first-team coach Charlie Oatway]; and the revelation of an unsavoury incident that took place in our visitors’ dressing room last Monday.
“Many supporters have asked me, both in person and in writing, about recent events and, in particular, how and why they have happened.
“At this point, I’m unable to give you answers to all the questions you may have. What I can say to you is that every football club faces a variety of challenges at different points in its history. We are no exception and I can assure you that we will address each of these challenges.”
Palace still won the match 2-0 and face Watford in the Championship play-off final on Monday, May 2. And it didn’t stop Ian Holloway dancing.