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15th February 2008 20:10

Keith Haslam will apologise to the steward he had words with on Tuesday night. Full story below. Will he apologise to the supporters of the club which he disgraced on Tuesday night?


Haslam will say sorry over Stags cigar row
CHAD.co.uk, 15Feb08, By Tim Morriss
STAGS owner Keith Haslam is to apologise over the cigar smoking row which provoked a remarkable behind-the-scenes row at Field Mill.
He has also pledged to adhere to a previous pledge not to attend Mansfield Town home matches - paving the way for chief executive Stephen Booth to continue running the club.

Chad exclusively revealed how Mr Booth and chairman James Derry had both walked out of Field Mill at half-time of Tuesday night's match against Morecambe.

It followed an unseemly row when the owner was seen smoking near the boardroom - in breach of the smoking ban at all Football League clubs and a measure adopted by the Stags last summer.

Mr Haslam was involved in an exchange with a steward when asked to extinguish his cigar - and then clashed with both Mr Booth and Mr Derry, prompting their walkouts.

Mr Booth offered his resignation during the exchanges, but today confirmed to Chad that he would be staying at Field Mill.

He said: "Keith is very contrite. Keith will be issuing an apology to the steward he had words with. He has also agreed not to
come to the ground on matchdays and to allow me to do my job.

"Under those terms I have agreed to stay and as of now am back in charge of the day-to-day running of the club."

When contacted by Chad, Mr Haslam said that he had nothing further to add, but did confirm that he would not be attending further matches at Field Mill.

And when asked about the protracted takeover of the club, the owner insisted that he still did want to sell the Stags.

Earlier this week Chad revealed that negotiations are ongoing over two firm offers for the Stags, while four other parties have also expressed an interest.

He told Chad: "Of course I do still want to sell. But I haven't got a clue as to when it will be resolved."


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