John Sheridan was sacked for gross misconduct

Chairman Alan Hardy said this type of behaviour would not be tolerated by any employee, he said "This is a family friendly club which aims to be a pillar of the local community, comments of the type made by Mr Sheridan were utterly appalling and wholly unacceptable, completely undermining the community spirit and focus we are striving to develop here.

"It was our decision to terminate the contract based on what I read in the referee's report regarding the incident.

"In light of the recent disclosure of the referee's report, I thought it appropriate to communicate the exact reasons behind the course of action we took."