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