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Perry apologises for accidental stamping
CHAD.co.uk, 15 September 2009
By Stephen Thirkill
RED-CARDED Stags striker Kyle Perry yesterday publicly apologised for his Stevengage sending-off for stamping on an opponent . . . but insisted it had been a total accident.
The striker, who had earlier bagged a brace to put Stags 2-0 up, was dismissed just before half time after allegedly stamping on the head of a prone Lee Boylan after the pair had tangled.
And although referee Darren Drysdale and both his assistants saw nothing wrong in the collision, which led to players squarng up, Perry was sent-off on the advice of fourth official Mr A. Moore.
The controversial dismissal saw Stags throw away their two goal lead to eventually lose 3-2, leaving them without a win in their last four outings.
Yesterday Perry, who has struck six times this season to make him the club's top scorer, said he had apologised to the Stevenage player and now wanted to put the incident behind him.
"The sending off cost the team points and I want to apologise to Mansfield Town, the manager and everyone involved with the club for the incident on Saturday,"he said.
"I would never stamp on somebody intentionally or to go out and harm anybody. I am not that type of player and was just trying to free myself.
"I have apologised to Lee Boylan. All I can say is I give 100 per cent for Mansfield Town and I have been very upset by what happened on Saturday.
"I want to put the whole incident behind me and to thank the fans for the support they have given me. All I can do is say sorry and forget it now."
But despite his red-card heart-break Perry can take consolation from his two goal brace and his start to the season.
Said Perry: "You always have to stay positive. Being sent off is a situation no player ever wants to find themselves in.
"It has been a good start to the season for myself and I have to keep working hard in training.
"It has been a good start for the team. We are in a good position and I am sure it is going to be a successful season for Mansfield Town."
The decision left boss David Holdsworth fuming, though the club are unlikely to appeal against the sending-off and upcoming suspension for Perry.
Said Holdsworth: "There was a definate coming together of the players, but I know Kyle Perry is not the sort of player to go out to harm someone.
"I have seen them decisions given, but I have also seen them not given. We now have to move on and that is what Kyle needs to do as well.
"The decision had a massive impact upon the game. We were in control, but the red card swung the balance of the game.
"I have seen the footage and there is two players that are stuck together and being tangled up. Kyle is a big man and built well and would use a lot of force to try and break free from the tangle.
"What is hard to swallow is that the decision was made by the fourth official who was so far away when two men ten yards away and in a much better position do not see anything wrong.
"Kyle Perry has a big purpose about him and is out there to score goals. Why would he want to put himself in that position? he had scored two goals and was much more intent on getting a hat-trick.
"He was in the dressing room very upset and feeling that he has done nothing wrong."
Stags striker issues apology
Mansfield Town striker Kyle Perry has issued an apology to everyone involved at the club for his sending off in the 3-2 home defeat to Stevenage Borough.
The Stags raced into two-goal lead in the opening 15 minutes thanks to Perry but the Birmingham-born forward didn't get the chance to add to his tally as he was given his marching orders just before the stroke of half time.
The referee and his assistant initially missed an incident involving Perry and Stevenage's Lee Boylan but the fourth official intervened minutes later and Perry was subsequently given a straight red card.
Perry told Mansfield Town's official website: "Firstly, I would like to apologise to the Football Club, the manager and everyone involved at the club for the incident on Saturday against Stevenage.
"I certainly would never intentionally or deliberately go out to hurt somebody. It is not the player I am.
"I was merely trying to free myself. I did, however, catch Lee Boylan.
"I have since apologised to him and word has come to me this morning that he is fine, so that is a relief.
"I give 100% for Mansfield Town and I have been deeply upset about the whole red card situation.
"I am now looking forward to putting this situation behind me.
"I want to thank the fans for their great support and I want them to know that I am looking forward to being in contention again and scoring more goals and continue to give my all for the club."
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