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Derby County chief John Vicars apologises for Twitter comments made about Ipswich Town

PUBLISHED: 17:11 12 January 2015 | UPDATED: 17:40 12 January 2015

Ipswich Town fans, pictured during Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Derby County

Ipswich Town fans, pictured during Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Derby County

Derby County chief operating officer John Vicars has apologised for the comments he made about Ipswich Town, on Twitter, in the wake of the Rams’ 1-0 win at Portman Road on Saturday.

Chris Martin scored the only goal of an edgy game, the Beccles-born, former Norwich City striker pouncing in the 57th minute after Tommy Smith failed to deal with a wind-assisted punt over the top.

Vicars – whose Twitter handle is @johnrvicars – wrote afterwards: “Proved today this team can play another way and actually quite amusing that we beat them at their own game #routeone.”

He added: “From me and Sam (Rush, chief executive) thanks very much to the travelling 873 for making the trip and making some noise in the library, memorable and important win.”

In a statement released this afternoon, Vicars said: “Regarding comments I made on Twitter after Saturday’s game at Portman Road these were meant to be lighthearted and aimed primarily at Derby County supporters.

“It was not my intention to cause offence to Ipswich supporters and I apologise to any home supporter who thought they might have been disrespectful to their club. Saturday was a magnificent advert for the Championship and both clubs more than played their part.”

Blues boss Mick McCarthy said: “You know my thoughts on Twitter. I actually don’t know the chap. All I’ll say is I don’t mind hearing criticism from people who know about football.”

Town winger Stephen Hunt said: “What’s his name? Exactly. If Steve McClaren says it you might listen, but that doesn’t bother me. Forget about it.”

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