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Dawson says sorry as Reds investigate Shea 'gesture'

By Doug O'Kane, Sports Editor Thursday 6th March 2014
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Stephen Dawson has apologised after attempting to confront a Barnsley fan on Saturday while the club are investigating allegations that Brek Shea made an offensive gesture to supporters.


Shea and Dawson went over to the Reds fans to clap them after the 5-0 loss at Huddersfield which put them bottom of the league.


Dawson was seen shouting at one individual fan and moving towards him before he was restrained by Shea and Peter Ramage. Shea – who is currently on international duty with the USA – is alleged to have stuck his fingers up to the supporters in an offensive gesture.


The club issued a statement on its website which read: "Barnsley Football Club would like to apologise to its supporters for incidents further to the full-time whistle on Saturday at Huddersfield Town’s John Smith’s Stadium.
"As a club, we do not condone any provocative actions from any of its employees and would like to further apologise for any offence caused.
"Stephen Dawson has apologised unreservedly for his actions and will be making a substantial donation to Barnsley Hospice as way of an apology.
"In relation to an alleged incident concerning Brek Shea: the matter is currently under investigation and a further statement will be made upon Brek’s return from international duty."


In an statement on Barnsley's website, Dawson said: "Firstly I would like to apologise for my actions on Saturday. My emotions were high and I shouldn't have reacted the way I did.


"I'm really disappointed with what was said to me but I need to be professional enough to take that. The fans have paid an awful lot of money to come and see us and to lose five-nil, I can understand their frustrations and disappointment. I can only apologise on my behalf and assure all the supporters it won't happen again."