The Preston North End
striker whose shirt grew to become the topic of an ugly
tug-of-war has spoken out after footage of a girl taking it
off a younger boy brought about outrage.
Jermaine Beckford threw his shirt into the Wembley crowd after
being substituted with a good calf following a surprising
play-off remaining hat-trick towards Swindon City.
The white jersey landed within the crowd subsequent to the dugout, the place
it was caught by younger fan Ted Dockray – however wrestled from him
by a girl in pink.
Talking after footage of the incident went viral, Beckford,
31, stated: “It was supposed as a goodwill gesture.
“I assumed it might go to house from somebody who was ready
to benefit from the sport at present.
“Hopefully, it can discover its manner again to the child who caught
The household of eight-year-old Ted, who was attending the sport
alongside his brother, father and grandad, have since hit out.
Commenting on the footage, the
boy’s aunt Helen wrote on Facebook: “How can u [sic] steal
from an eight-year-old. Soccer is his life.
“My nephew is gutted. All he wished to do is put on that shirt
with delight, no matter worth.”
The Lancashire Night Submit named Ted and revealed he was at
Wembley to look at older brother Leo, 10, play in a colleges’
The shirt reportedly appeared on the market on Gumtree at a worth of
£1,500 after the match, however was later eliminated after followers filed
a criticism to the web site.
The membership are organising a particular deal with for younger Ted, from
Failsworth, Higher Manchester, following the incident.
A spokesman for the membership stated: “If the younger man makes himself
recognized to the membership, we’ll get Jermaine to current his second
Wembley shirt to him.”
Lancashire Police confirmed that its Soccer Intelligence Unit
can be analyzing the case, nevertheless harassed that no crime had