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The story behind the fan Twitter vote 'to decide' a Scottish club goalkeeper's fate

It’s all for a good cause.

Gary Maley (file pic).
Gary Maley (file pic).
Image: PA

SCOTTISH FOOTBALL CLUB Livingston have taken an unusual approach to working out whether to keep goalkeeper Gary Maley — asking supporters on Twitter to decide his fate.

The part-time goalkeeper’s contract expires in June and the Scottish Premiership side, whose season has now finished, reached out with a tongue-in-cheek post.

“Quite possibly a football first but we’re giving you the chance to decide on the future of goalkeeper @Maley1Gary,” Livingston tweeted.

“With his contract expiring next month, we’re leaving it in the hands of the fans as to whether or not we offer “Stretch” an extension. Stay or go – you decide!”

But the goalkeeper was in on a stunt that has benefited a children’s charity.

Assistant manager David Martindale, who was Maley’s best man at his wedding, pledged a pound (€1.12) to charity for every vote but the poll has attracted almost 200,000 votes as well as stinging criticism from people who were unaware of the background.

Maley said: “He mentioned my contract and I said ‘Look, give it to one of the kids, I am 37, I am nearly done’. He said, ‘We will have a bit of fun with it, have a laugh, we will put up a vote on Twitter’.

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“Davie said he would put a pound in per-vote for charity, thinking we would get 500 votes. Obviously it escalated something ridiculous and Davie soon withdrew that offer.”

He added: “It looks as though I’m going to win the vote and extend my deal but I said I will donate the next two months’ wages to charity and Davie will match that.”

© – AFP, 2020

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