Following a media report regarding the club we wish to issue the following statement:

On being made aware of a specific allegation against one of our Academy coaches, regarding inappropriate contact via social media against the individual concerned, the club immediately suspended the member of staff and reported the matter to the Police and other authorities. Subsequent to this the member of staff was dismissed.

All students on the club’s Academy course were made aware of the situation and the club continues to provide them and their families with support as required.

Any suggestion of a ‘cover up’ is outrageous and we asked the journalist involved for evidence of such but we have not been made aware of any and we will be taking legal advice on this.

The club continues to co-operate with and will fully support the authorities with their ongoing investigations.

As the matter is now being dealt with by the Police neither the club, or any of its officials, will be commenting further.