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Oldham Make Montano Statement

Oldham Athletic have responded to the allegations made against player Christian Montano, and since then have issued a few statements.

The first statement simply confirmed that they were aware as a club of the allegations and the alleged incident and that they were co-operating with other agencies over the matter.

The second statement confirmed that the player had been suspended without pay with immediate effect until a full investigation into the allegations of spot fixing had been concluded.

Director Barry Owen said.

'We are currently assisting the authorities and the future of the player cannot be established until we are notified of what is to occur with these investigations.'

Manager Lee Johnson also commented on the situation ahead of the game against Chesterfield in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tonight.

He told the Official Site.

'Anybody who saw that Sky News report will have been devastated and sick to their stomachs. However, we have to let the authorities do their job and duties, and we cannot prejudice that.'

Johnson went on to explain that given the current allegations about football in general and what it appears some players may have done in the name of money - especially abroad it must be said which is where most of this seems to originate - had left him feeling rather introspective and questioning himself and why he's in the game, but he can easily counter that by looking down the Oldham corridor at the staff, the volunteers and the fans, let alone his experiences at other clubs, so whilst this is a media hot topic at the moment he's basically warning about a witchhunt fuelled by disgust and not only pre judging any player who may be named, but also generalising that football is in anyway rife with such behaviour or motivation.

'There is a lot to celebrate about this club, and we have to make sure we don't forget that.'

That also applies to football fullstop.

We had rugby revelations the other year, cricket issues recently, hell even cycling has been raked through the mud and now it's footballs turn.

If there has been wrongdoing, then it should be dealt with.

But like other sports, we shouldn't condemn everyone for the actions potentially of a few, should it even be proved it has ever happened in this country.

As for Montano directly, he adds.

'It's disappointing how somebody can get themselves into that situation. The truth is that we don't know yet what has happened for him to be in the room talking about that.'

Until we do, maybe we should all do what Johnson says, take a step back and wait.

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Date:Tuesday December 10 2013

Time: 10:56PM


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