East Stirlingshire draw a line under sexism row

East Stirlingshire physio Anna Murray will be back in the dug-out this weekend
East Stirlingshire physio Anna Murray will be back in the dug-out this weekend
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East Stirlingshire physio Anna Murray has received an apology from East Fife after sexist abuse was directed at her on Saturday.

The club is now drawing a line under the issue.

It’s Anna’s wish to draw a line under the issue and move on

Tadek Kopszywa, Shire secretary

The Fifers have branded ‘a number’ of their fans who visited Ochilview “an embarrassment” in a statement on Monday following the team’s 1-0 defeat to Shire.

Murray, who has been with the club since July last year, was on the field to treat a player when the chants were heard from a section of the main stand.

An apology has been received by the Shire and passed on to Murray and the Methil club announced: “The behaviour of a number of East Fife fans who travelled to the game against East Stirlingshire on Saturday was deplorable and an embarrassment to East Fife.

“The chanting and singing by that group of supporters was disgusting, rude and sexist. We are a family club with ladies and child supporters, as are East Stirlingshire – they should not be exposed to this language and behaviour.

“The club apologises to East Stirlingshire and more especially, to the lady physiotherapist for the abuse and chanting she was subjected to.”

The Shire have spoken to Murray, whose uncle is former Shire boss Jim McInally, about the incident. Club secretary Tadek Kopszywa added: “The wellbeing of our staff and employees is paramount, and our main responsibility in this case is to ensure Anna is ok. It is Anna’s wish to draw a line under it and move on.

“Of course though we move on from the incident itself we are assessing our procedures and will take action where necessary.

“Thankfully instances like this are few and far between at Ochilview. Our security staff are experienced and discussions between our match safety officer, the chairman and myself will take place.”