Danny Murphy reacts furiously to Fulham fan’s attack on Cyrus Christie’s sister – ‘It’s their own player’s family for God’s sake!’

6 Aug

Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT he was ‘absolutely disgusted’ to hear that two Fulham fans allegedly attacked defender Cyrus Christie’s sister during the Cottagers’ 1-0 defeat at Barnsley.

Republic of Ireland international Christie purported his sister was hit by a supporter during Saturday’s Championship opener at Oakwell, before being racially abused by the same fan’s wife.

In a club statement, Fulham insisted they will ‘take the strongest possible action’ against the culprit.

And former Fulham captain Murphy branded it an ‘unforgivable act’.

“The Cyrus Christie situation is diabolical,” he told talkSPORT host Jim White on Monday.

“It’s horrendous and I’m absolutely disgusted with it.

Murphy was stunned to learn of the attack on Christie’s sister

“What I can’t get my head around – if it’s a Fulham fan it’s their own player, it’s their own player’s family for God’s sake.

“What the hell is going on?

“I was at Fulham for years and the majority of the fans were great people, good honest people, I met so many of them. I just don’t understand it, this is crazy and you can never forgive that.

“Not only giving her physical abuse but racial abuse – how many hours and minutes have we spent on these shows trying to eradicate this?

“Let’s hope we can get the people involved reprimanded because it’s just another example of uneducated, unintelligent and ignorant people at football.”

On Monday, the Championship side appealed for information.

Derby owner Mel Morris told talkSPORT Christie has his former club’s full support

“The Club is investigating an extremely serious incident which occurred at Saturday’s match against Barnsley and we would encourage anyone who has information relating to it to contact us.

“If you witnessed or heard anything that you believe may assist us, regardless of it being before, during or after the game, please contact our supporter relations team on 0343 208 1222 or enquiries@fulhamfc.com.

“We are liaising with the relevant authorities to ensure that it is dealt with appropriately and as swiftly as possible.”

Mel Morris, meanwhile, told talkSPORT the former Derby player has the club’s support.

“We need to stamp these things out and do it pretty aggressively too.

“My heart goes out to him and his sister. He’s a great guy and any support you can give on that cause would be greatly appreciated, I’m sure.”

Mel Morris EXCLUSIVE: Derby County owner offers support to Cyrus Christie following alleged attack on his sister by Fulham supporter

5 Aug

Derby County owner Mel Morris has offered his and the club’s support to former defender Cyrus Christie after his sister was allegedly attacked by one of his own Fulham fans over the weekend.

Writing on Twitter, Christie accused a Cottagers supporter and his wife of hitting and racially abusing his sister during Fulham’s 1-0 defeat to Barnsley in their Championship opener on Saturday.

Fulham are investigating the allegations Christie made in the wake of Saturday’s match

In a statement, Fulham confirmed they have launched an investigation to find the culprits and will take ‘the strongest possible action’ should they be identified.

Former club captain Danny Murphy vented his outrage at the incident live on talkSPORT and said he was ‘absolutely disgusted’ by the ‘unforgivable’ act.

And Morris has also offered his support to Christie, who who left Derby in 2017 after making over 100 appearances during a three-season spell.

Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, the Rams chief said: “I just want to make a quick shout out to Cyrus Christie, just to offer our support to Cyrus on this situation with his sister.

“We need to stamp these things out and do it pretty aggressively too.

“My heart goes out to him and his sister. He’s a great guy and any support you can give on that cause would be greatly appreciated, I’m sure.”

Garry Monk: Middlesbrough ‘exploring legal action’ against former manager for alleged breach of contract

5 Jul

Middlesbrough are reportedly considering legal action against their former manager Garry Monk.

According to The Times, the Championship club have accused Monk of helping his agent, James Featherstone, to profit from transfer deals during his six-month spell at the Riverside Stadium.

Garry Monk, who was sacked by Birmingham last month, was Boro boss from June to December 2017

Boro are claimed to feel Monk was not protecting the business interests of the club – something he was contractually obliged to do.

Middlesbrough launched an investigation after receiving information that they may have paid over the odds to signa number of players, including Ryan Shotton, Marvin Johnson, Ashley Fletcher and Cyrus Christie.

Monk, it has been alleged, failed to inform Middlesbrough of the valuations placed on them by their clubs and therefore allowed the club to pay inflated fees.

It has also been suggested that he ‘passed on confidential information to Featherstone, which enabled the agent to increase his commission’.

There is no suggestion of wrongdoing on the part of any of the players of their clubs and all the allegations have been denied by Monl’s lawyers, Mills & Reeve.

Cyrus Christie moved to Fulham a month after Middlesbrough sacked Garry Monk
Ashley Fletcher was never a regular starter under Garry Monk, despite costing Middlesbrough £6.5million

Middlesbrough’s investigation started after Birmingham chief executive Xuandong Ren revealed Monk’s relationship with Featherstone played a part in his sacking last month.

Blues chiefs told Monk that they would not permit Featherstone to be involved in all of the club’s transfers.

On Thursday night, Featherstone said: “Allegations were put to Garry and me by (Middlesbrough). We instructed lawyers, cooperated and responded fully.

“We received these allegations almost a year ago and following a strong rebuttal of all allegations, have heard nothing further from the club and there have been no regulatory breaches nor any court action taken.

“The club were always, and still are, fully aware at all times of all transfer dealings. No business was conducted without Middlesbrough’s authority.

“As such we remain perplexed by the foundations of this supposed internal investigation.”