The club have issued the following statement in regards to what happened with Liam Kelly during Tuesday’s game against Plymouth Argyle...It was never the intention of Liam to be violent and he apologises profusely to both the ball boy and Plymouth Argyle.
The club strongly deny the accusation of violent conduct given to the player and reference an incident involving Matt Ritchie whilst playing for Swindon Town in a game against Oxford United on March 3, 2012, where the player was only cautioned for a similar offence.
In addition, an incident involving Eden Hazard during a Capital One Cup match on January 23, 2013 for Chelsea against Swansea City also took place, where the player not only pushed, but also kicked the ball boy in the ribs. This incident was heard by a Commission, where a three-game ban was deemed sufficient.
Due to this we feel that what happened on Tuesday with Liam is no more serious than the above cases.