Crewe boss David Artell has told the media that his comments at Vale Park have been taken out of context.
Speaking about Michael Tonge’s first-half sending-off the manager said: “We all know it is a red – the crowd don’t think so but that’s because they’re not that well-educated.”
There was a backlash from Vale supporters and Artell has moved to clarify.
“I meant specifically about that challenge. If anyone thinks that’s not a red card they need educating. That’s what I meant and I stick by that.
“If people think it’s definitely not a red card they need to see a rulebook.
“But I didn’t mean people need educating in the grand scheme of things, and if they’ve taken offence I apologise, I do.
“The reporter has not seen the context and that’s certainly not what was meant.
“At what point would I think there is some benefit in slagging off opposition fans? Even before a game, never mind after a game.
“There’s none, absolutely zero. I wouldn’t, what do I get out of that? Absolutely nothing.
“I’m not the ‘Big I Am’, anyone who knows me knows I’m not. And if they’ve taken offence I apologise. I’m not too big to apologise.”
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