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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Carlisle Utd opponents deny claims they urinated on dressing room floor

Carlisle United's FA Cup opponents Boreham Wood have hit back at suggestions their players urinated on the floor of their dressing room at Brunton Park - blaming the mess on spilt orange juice.

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The non-league club insist it is "beyond belief" that any of their players left pools of urine to be cleared up by the Blues following Carlisle's stormy 2-1 victory.

They instead claim that defender Mark Jones "lashed out" at a large orange juice container, sending the liquid onto the floor and over a kitbag.

The Skrill Conference South outfit have blamed Carlisle, including midfielder Liam Noble, for "goading" their players after Mark Beck's injury-time winner both on the pitch and on the way to the dressing-rooms.

But they have not commented on suggestions from United that they also damaged the home dressing-room door, and left a large teapot wedged in a urinal.

Sources at Carlisle remain adamant that it was urine that their youth team players had to mop up after Boreham Wood had left Brunton Park.

And the Blues have confirmed to the News & Star that an official complaint has been lodged both with Boreham Wood and the FA over the alleged dressing-room antics.

Accompanying evidence, including photographs, have also been provided.

In a statement, Boreham Wood said: "The club have been made aware of an allegation that a player urinated in our dressing room after last night's FA Cup match against Carlisle United. The club finds this story laughable if it was not so serious & completely and utterly denies this allegation. For the reasons as follows:

"In the 95th minute Carlisle scored the winning goal in our FA Cup tie, at which point Carlisle United’s Lee [sic] Noble began goading the Boreham Wood players, by waving in their faces and followed it with expletives that ended **** off home to London etc. This also continued after the final whistle and whilst the Boreham Wood players were walking back to their dressing room.

"On entering our dressing room after the game a Boreham Wood player, in temper lashed out and at our orange juice container which went all over the floor and across our kit bag. The player in question was Mark Jones, who has apologised for his actions but to suggest that our orange juice container is urine is beyond belief.

"Unfortunately the behaviour of the Carlisle players in goading our players, after they had suffered heart breaking defeat was clearly the reason for Marks actions. However Boreham Wood Football Club would not disrespect the Carlisle board or fans, who over the two ties clearly gave our players far more credit than the Carlisle dressing room, and the appreciation shown by the Carlisle fans in giving our boys a standing ovation will long live in the memory. As our players are after all non-league lads who now go back to their day jobs.

"Finally can we thank our supporters for travelling to Carlisle , your support meant everything and this sideshow must not take away the efforts of you the fans and our players efforts last night… and for people to suggest otherwise is sad."

The game had ended with angry confrontations between rival players following Beck’s 95th-minute winner.

After the game, United's media officer Andy Hall said: “Initial reports suggest that some of the players or people connected with Boreham Wood have kicked in the home dressing-room door – there is damage – and some other stuff has gone on in the away dressing-room.

“The youth-team have been cleaning up some not very nice stuff. For it to be left in that state isn’t nice.

“We don’t want to point the finger too quickly, as we have to do a full investigation, and we will take it from there.”

Substitute Beck’s winner in the closing seconds was followed by some Blues players appearing to goad their opponents from the Skrill Conference South.

It took ref Mark Haywood several minutes to restore calm before the game could restart, just seconds before the final whistle eventually blew, with Boreham Wood’s players being applauded off by Carlisle’s fans.

United’s manager Graham Kavanagh, and some players, later said that some members of the non-league team had been making “nasty” and “personal” comments to Carlisle players during the game.

Kavanagh insisted there was no need to apologise for the ugly scenes, which saw United’s Noble and Boreham Wood’s Jones booked.

Lee Miller and Pascal Chimbonda were also at the centre of the late confrontations, with the visitors’ Luke Garrard and Charlie O’Loughlin understood to be among the key visiting players in the ongoing disputes.

Miller later tweeted that “a lot was said, personal digs etc” by the visitors, but opposition player Sam Cox wrote: “Can’t believe the way Carlisle disrespected the club at the end of the game. So poor.”

On the flashpoint after Beck’s winner, meanwhile, Kavanagh said: “I spoke to the lads at the end of the game, [they said] their midfield player had been giving ours quite a lot of stick, especially when they were winning, there were some ugly comments.

“In a battle, once you go over the white line, if you give it you’re going to have to take it. A lot of things were said which I wasn’t aware of until after the game. Senior players were the ones who told me, because until then I was going to have a go at Nobsa [Noble], because he always seems to be the one in and around what goes on.

“There were one or two bits of retribution dished out from our players which probably wasn’t the right thing to do. But there were no fisticuffs, just bits of pushing and shoving.

“It is what it is. I’m pleased that we’re in the next round and that the players stuck together and looked after each other. Am I going to apologise? No. These things happen and we move on.”

Garrard’s 29th minute penalty had put the Hertfordshire club into a shock lead, with Carlisle keeper Greg Fleming saving another spot-kick from the player-assistant manager two minutes later.

After a poor display, United eventually levelled through Miller’s 80th minute header before Beck’s dramatic winner which set up a Second Round home tie against Brentford.

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