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Irish striker Doyle and team-mate Beckford to refund fans after fighting with each other

The Preston North End strikers were both red carded in Saturday’s Championship defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

FORMER SHAMROCK ROVERS and Sligo Rovers striker Eoin Doyle was sent off along with Preston North End team-mate Jermaine Beckford at Hillsborough on Saturday.

The pair clashed off the ball and nearly came to blows after Doyle refused to pass the ball to Beckford in the 90th minute of their 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday.

Posted by on Saturday, 28 March 2020

Doyle and Beckford have put a joint statement out today to say sorry for the incident.

“We apologise wholeheartedly for our actions at Hillsborough,” it reads. “Our behaviour was not acceptable in any walk of life, let alone on a football pitch.

“We let down the management, our team-mates and most importantly the supporters, who had spent a lot of money to support the team.

“We accept the punishment given to us by the club and The FA and fully support the club’s decision to refund the ticket costs to the supporters.

We have apologised to the manager, the staff and our team-mates and hope that the supporters accept our total remorse for the incident.

“It is our intention to now put this behind us and to give our all for the benefit of Preston North End going forward.”

On top of that, Preston have fined both players and the money will be used to refund the ticket price for all away supporters who made the trip to last weekend’s game.

“The fans who travelled to Sheffield Wednesday were let down by the actions of Jermaine Beckford and Eoin Doyle and it is only right that the fines imposed on the players are used to refund the cost of the ticket money for the fixture,” said manager Simon Grayson.

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