rogers cries foul play over bum rap
DAVE Rogers yesterday blasted his sacking by Dundalk as "completely unacceptable from both a footballing and human perspective".
The former St Patrick's Athletic left-back was given his P45 after dropping his shorts in front of the away fans during the Saints' 1-0 victory at Oriel Park last Friday night.
In a statement, Rogers said: "In response to some light-hearted jibes from some of the fans, I briefly lowered my shorts in what I considered to be an amusing gesture.
"The fans reacted in a similar manner and took no offence, to the best of my knowledge.
"While I accept that my actions were unhelpful to my team, I do not believe that they were offensive and by no stretch of the imagination could they be described as serious misconduct such as to justify my dismissal.
"I would have expected Dundalk at a minimum to treat me in a fair and reasonable manner."
Dundalk chairman Gerry Matthews responded: "We were satisfied that it was an act of gross misconduct which would warrant an instant dismissal."
As to a claim by Rogers that he had not been contacted directly about the issue, Matthews said: "The manager contacted him and told him (of his dismissal) before the statement was released."
Matthews also said that the PFAI had not yet been in contact with the club, but an appeal is forthcoming, according to the players' association.