Crawley strikers Ollie Palmer and Dominic Poleon have been stirring up controversy this weekend after a live Instagram post in which they appeared to mock the club’s training facilities, as well as some teammates.
The video, which is no longer available, has now been the subject of an official statement by the club, who have condemned the player’s actions and released apologies on behalf of both players.
Palmer and Poleon are credited with the following apology: “We are sorry that we posted a live video when we did. We accept that it was an error of judgement on our part. We are both passionate about doing well for Crawley Town FC and we are determined, along with the rest of the squad, to play our part in helping the club have a strong finish to the season.”
It’s embarrassing, would rather have players that care and give 100% than people like those 2 who don’t give a shit. Sort it out.
— Lord Jimmy Smith (@LordJimmy8) February 18, 2019
The club added: “The board have met with Ollie and Dominic and both have expressed their regret at the timing of the video on the eve of an important game. They believed it was good to interact with fans of their past and present clubs and are adamant their comments were taken out of context. They strongly refute any suggestions that they were disrespectful to the club or its supporters.
CTFC fans are disgusted by the two P's taking the P
— Jay White (@j987xyz) February 18, 2019
Operations Director Kelly Derham said: “Ollie and Dom accept they were in the wrong by doing the video when they did on the eve of the Northampton game. The board have spoken to them about their responsibilities regarding social media and we now consider the matter closed.”
Palmer is the club’s leading scorer, having bagged 11 goals in 27 starts, whereas former Bradford striker Poleon has five goals in his 20 outings.
The Red Devils are currently 17th in the table, nine points clear of the bottom two.
Erdem, would this refer to Poleon and Palmer and their utter contempt for our club?
— df (@crawleyfan) February 18, 2019
There’s no trace of the video now, but both players are adamant their opinions have been taken out of context. It did appear as though they were disrespectful to teammates and to the club, with the owner tweeting a cryptic message himself after the event.
Whilst it does appear as though both are going to have a part to play in their season, it’s hugely disrespectful to fans and officials of Crawley. Both players joined in the summer and should be working to integrate themselves with their club, not alienate everyone around them.