GRESLEY have moved to quell a brewing storm from the club’s supporters following an altercation between striker Jordan Nadat and a fan.
The incident occurred on Saturday, when Gresley were beaten 1-0 at home by Loughborough Dynamo, with reports that the former Rocester man barged through a group of fans before allegedly issuing abuse and threats.
Nadat has since apologised for his part, and manager Martin Rowe says he believes much has been made of the the spat by the club’s online fans’ forum.
“I didn’t see anything, but I went on the fans’ forum and saw what people had been saying,” Rowe told Mailsport last night.
“It depresses me going on our website sometimes, because there’s people on there for the wrong reasons.
“I think they have been stirring things up a bit.
“I spoke to Jordan and I think it has been blown out of all proportion.
“But I’ll speak to the chairman and see if we need to take any action against the player or the fans involved.”
Nadat went online on Sunday night to apologise, and while the 22-year-old admitted getting into a war of words, he denied any physical contact.
He said: “Firstly I’d like to apologise for all of the other fans that were not involved yesterday and saw a heated moment between me and an individual.
“Secondly, I’d just like to confirm that this wasn’t random outrage.
“Last year I was getting a lot of abuse on social networking sites from two individuals, which was sorted maturely and in the right way by the club.
“Yesterday (Saturday) the two individuals were at the ground watching the game after being warned by both the chairman and vice chairman.
“I walked past a circle of people outside the changing rooms and wasn’t aware who I was walking past and the same individual that caused issues last year turned round and made another comment .
“I believe I’ve been linked to purposely barging him which is not the case.
“Having realised who it was when I saw the person face to face, I had a heated conversation with him which was linked to last year - which you don’t forget and forgive that easily with severity of the comments made.
“Anyone that was upset, it was not my intention, however I hope you can understand sometimes things get too personal and there is a line people cross.”