Wednesday 17 January 2018

Schoolboy to get new Jermaine Beckford jersey after match-worn shirt was allegedly stolen

Preston will present schoolboy Ted Dockray with a signed Jermaine Beckford shirt after television footage showed an unidentified woman taking the striker's match-worn shirt off him at the Sky Bet League One play-off final on Sunday.

Beckford, who scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 win for Preston, handed the eight-year-old his shirt before cameras showed an adult woman appearing to wrestle the garment off him, with the footage then going viral.

North End will now give the youngster Beckford's spare shirt from the game and also provide a free stadium tour of Deepdale.

A club statement read: "The club are fully aware of an incident in Sunday's Play-Off Final win over Swindon Town involving Jermaine Beckford's match shirt.

"The club have been in consultation with the Football League and the parents of the child who is alleged to have had the shirt taken from him as seen on television cameras covering the match.

"Please note, no one involved in this situation is connected with Preston North End in any way, shape or form.

"The people seated in the area of the incident attended the Play-Off Final as part of the League One Football League Kids' Cup Final which was played earlier in the day.

"We are delighted to say that Jermaine is more than happy to sign and present the child involved with his spare match shirt from the game.

"The club will also provide a stadium tour for the youngster.

"If the shirt that Jermaine wore is returned to us, we will of course present this to the child in question instead.

"The club will not be commenting further on the matter at this time and would like the focus returned to Sunday's fantastic achievement and building towards what will be an exciting season in the Championship."

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