UK police probe death threat to Oldham’s Darren Kelly

Oldham have called in police amid reports a death threat was sent to their new manager, Irishman Darren Kelly.

The League One club appointed Kelly last week but the 35-year-old from Derry has since had to reject claims he is a supporter of the IRA.

The accusation appears to be based on a tweet where Kelly called Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness a “legend”. The Sinn Féin man has admitted in the past to being a former member of the IRA.

Kelly however has stressed he is not political and has said the matter has been blown out of all proportion.

A club statement yesterday read: “Oldham Athletic AFC are aware of threats made against individuals connected with the club.

“These matters have been passed to the police and the club will be making no further comments on this subject.”

Some fans have threatened to boycott Oldham’s matches following the decision to employ Kelly.

The Latics caused controversy in December when they were in talks to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans, before pulling out of the deal after a number of sponsors threatened to withdraw their backing.

Meanwhile a man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting Chesterfield captain Ian Evatt at the end of the League One play-off semi-final second leg at Preston on Sunday.

Evatt reported that he had been “punched, kicked and spat on” as supporters invaded the pitch at the final whistle and on yesterday he called for the FA to act, and Lancashire Police have now made an arrest.


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