Gray denies making 'sick' Gately jokes
Monday 19 October 2009
Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Michael Gray today denied making "sick jokes" about Stephen Gately while Coventry's Aron Gunnarsson was being treated for a serious injury at Hillsborough on Saturday.
Former Boyzone band member Gately was found dead in his apartment in Port Andratx, Majorca, nine days ago and his funeral was held in Dublin on Saturday.
Gray was accused of distasteful remarks by Coventry striker Leon Best while team-mate Gunnarsson was on the floor.
Gray, who has apologised to Gunnarsson for trying to get the Icelandic midfielder to his feet after the challenge by Leon Clarke, said: "Obviously I did not realise Aron Gunnarsson's injury was a bad one at the time and I'm sorry for what happened.
"It was something that happened in the heat of the moment and if I had known the player had potentially sustained a serious injury I certainly would not have tried to get him to his feet.
"I hope Aron's injury is not a serious one and I wish him a speedy recovery."
On Best's allegations, Gray told Sheffield Wednesday's official website: "Anyone who knows me knows I would not conduct myself in that way.
"I find it disappointing that another player would suggest I made those kind of comments. The words that have been published are misleading and way off the mark and I dismiss them completely."
Best had told the Coventry Telegraph: "Gray tried to get him to get up and then he was making sick jokes about Stephen Gately when the people carrying the stretcher were coming on."
Latest in Sport
Manchester City vs Southampton: Frank Lampard shuns the limelight ahead of his Premier League farewell
Francis Coquelin: The would-be Zinedine Zidane now making an impression as Arsenal’s Claude Makelele
Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Gunners snub that redefined Tim Sherwood
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
'I think you are an ostrich': The funniest managerial quotes of the 2014/15 Premier League season
- 1 Isis 'jihadi bride' claims forced sex with Yazidi girls is never rape because Koran condones it
- 2 Eurovision 2015 winner: Sweden beats Russia and Italy to take the title from Conchita Wurst
- 3 Purity balls: Girls in the US making virginity pledges as fathers vow to 'protect purity'
- 4 Mother 'will allow son's circumcision in return for release from prison'
- 5 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland