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'Hurt, angered and dumbfounded' - Limerick release statement in response to former player's claims

Published 14/06/2016 | 09:57

FORFAR, SCOTLAND - JULY 16: Team mates congratulate Jordan Moore of Dundee United on his late equalizing goal during the Pre Season Friendly match between Forfar Athletic and Dundee United at Station Park on July 16, 2014 Forfar, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
FORFAR, SCOTLAND - JULY 16: Team mates congratulate Jordan Moore of Dundee United on his late equalizing goal during the Pre Season Friendly match between Forfar Athletic and Dundee United at Station Park on July 16, 2014 Forfar, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Limerick FC have released a damning statement in response to a newspaper interview by a former player in which he made sensational claims about Limerick as a city.

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In a lengthy interview with The Herald Scotland, 22-year-old Jordan Moore opened up on his unhappy time living in the Treaty County.

Moore is critical about his accommodation and an alleged delay with which Limerick paid him his wages, but also had some choice words for the village of Bruff, where he was based, and Limerick City itself, making outrageous allegations about both.

“Limerick is known as Stab City," Moore told journalist Neil Cameron.

"I stayed in a village called Bruff, about 30k from the city, and on every second lamppost there is a horse tied up. But if you tried to cut the horses loose they would kill you – supposedly.

“One day the police came and moved all the horses away. The next day it turned out the guys who owned the horses had smashed up every shop and put all their cows in the actual shops and the schools as well. It was crazy.

“Bruff is the weirdest village ever. The locals would jump on the backs of horses and just ride along. There were no cars. Or at least there was more horses than cars."

The long piece also covers how Moore was 'haunted' by a dead nun and the time he was 'threatened by an IRA member' over a treadmill.

Moore has since apologised when he tweeted: "My comments in today's  newspapers have been taken out of context and I apologise profusely for any distress caused."

But Limerick have tonight released a statement insisting that they will find it "difficult to accept an apology".

Here is the full statement from Limerick FC.

Limerick FC are aware of comments attributed to former player Jordan Moore in a newspaper article today in relation to his time at the club and the town of Bruff.

Limerick FC are hurt, angered and dumbfounded by these comments which we totally and utterly refute. We are aware that the community of Bruff has been left understandably distressed by the said article.

A representative for Jordan Moore contacted the club earlier this year and informed us of Jordan’s background and his recovery from cancer. As a community-driven club, we offered Jordan a short-term deal to assist in his rehabilitation and provided him with accommodation and remuneration.

Jordan spent a week at the club after which he decided to take up our offer. Initially it was agreed that Jordan would stay for four weeks but at his request this was extended. Jordan recently returned to Scotland and had thanked the club for their help during his stay here.

The club, our staff and players have been welcomed with open arms by the community of Bruff and have been treated tremendously.

The club this afternoon received an apology from Jordan Moore in which he states the comments are “taken out of context and sensationalised”. We find it very difficult to accept the apology at this time.

The club will be making no further comment as we seek further advice.

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