Roberts’ Falkirk contract torn up

Falkirk v Alloa'Falkirk's Philip Roberts 1st yellow'Pic by Alan Murray  22-03-14
Falkirk v Alloa'Falkirk's Philip Roberts 1st yellow'Pic by Alan Murray 22-03-14

Phil Roberts and Falkirk have parted company, effective from today.

The forward was red-carded for a third time this season at Alloa on Saturday, with the scores 0-0. The Bairns went on to lose the game 3-0.

In his post-match interviews, Gary Holt said: “I ain’t having cowards in my team and one player was not playing for his team-mates or playing for the jersey.”

After his dismissal Roberts showered the technical area with ice by kicking a cooler in frustration then slamming it to the ground.

The forward was banished from Gary Holt’s post-match meeting and told to stay away from training.

He copped a six-match ban for the outburst which would have ended his involvement during the league season had he remained with the club. In a website statement the Bairns have said the severance agreement was reached ‘by mutual consent’ and ‘the club will make no further comment’ on the matter.

Roberts, a youth international for the Republic of Ireland, came through the Academy system at Arsenal before switching north to Inverness and joined the Bairns in the summer after a successful trial in which he scored against Falkirk’s arch-rivvals Dunfermline.

He scored six times for the Bairns during his nine months at the club.