‘Flat out lied to our face’ – These furious Southend fans react to latest news

Things go from bad to worse at Southend United after they were beaten 6-1 by Colchester in the EFL Trophy last night.

Fresh from being knocked out of the FA Cup by Boreham Wood, the Shrimpers lacked urgency and fight as they were mauled by their local rivals. An inexperienced team were brushed aside by a weakened Colchester outfit, which has caused fury amongst fans.

Some Blues fans even locked the gates of Roots Hall after the match so that the returning players could not get in. It is reported that eggs were even thrown at the coach as the ailing side look destined to slip out of the Football League, even at this early stage.

It isn’t just performances that have brought about the anger – the situation at the club is complicated and shrouded in distrust and untruths. Striker Simeon Akinola finally earned his Football League move a couple of years after seeing a switch to Lincoln City collapse, but he hasn’t appeared as yet. Press conferences seemed to indicate that he was injured, which is why he couldn’t play, but a report yesterday confirmed it is because the club are under embargo and cannot register him.

When a club enters embargo, the playing squad size is reduced, meaning he is unavailable. That is likely to be the case until a bailout is agreed with the Premier League, something manager Mark Moseley believes will be soon, after he said: “Sim is also training hard and we’re looking forward to hopefully having him to choose from soon.”

Despite the manager’s hopes, news that Akinola can’t be registered has incurred the wrath of Southend supporters, who believe they are being lied to and treated badly.

They have a point too.

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