Baird offers grit apology
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Southampton defender Chris Baird has apologised to Colchester United fans.
Southampton defender Chris Baird has apologised for allegedly throwing gravel at Colchester United fans on Saturday.
U's supporters have formally written to their Championship rivals about the incident during Colchester's 2-0 home win over The Saints.
Layer Road supporters branded the Northern Ireland international a 'disgrace' after the 24-year-old struck some fans with grit after sliding into touch in front of the family enclosure on Saturday.
Despite the complaints of Colchester fans, Baird meant no harm by his actions at Layer Road.
"I am extremely sorry if any fans were hit by the grit," Baird said in the Daily Mirror.
"I slid off the field and grazed my arm on the running track.
"As I got up, my arm was still covered in gravel and I shook it off. As I flicked my arm, possibly some of it might have flown into the crowd which was very close to the pitch, but I certainly did not throw it.
"It was not done in temper or anything like that. I have a child of my own and I am very conscious of behaving correctly."
Baird is unlikely to face any Football Association action, as referee Dean Whitestone did not mention the incident in his match report.