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Essex Senior League: Talisman Jerry Jairette calls time on Clapton career

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 December 2017

Jerry Jairette is all smiles during his testimonial match following 10 years with Clapton (pic: Richard Bradley).

Jerry Jairette is all smiles during his testimonial match following 10 years with Clapton (pic: Richard Bradley).

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Influential midfielder has asked to be released by the Old Spotted Dog club

Clapton legend Jerry Jairette announced a shock exit from the Old Spotted Dog this week, bringing his 10-year association with the club to an end.

The Tons talisman, who has featured in various different positions during his decade in Forest Gate, revealed on Monday he would be leaving.

Jairette confirmed his departure on Twitter after he was allegedly asked to delete some of his tweets regarding the recent banning of Clapton supporters from away games.

Met Police hosted the Tons on December 6 in the London Senior Cup, but decided away fans were not permitted entry to the game.

Days later Southend Manor followed a similar stance ahead of their Essex Senior League match on December 9.

The two decisions led to Jairette tweeting: “Starting to really hate these people behind the scenes of clubs who have power to ban fans.

“Football is for everyone whether watching, playing or dealing with the logistics. You are part of what’s wrong with the modern game. No good.”

Jairette later added: “I hope the day comes when you need supporters to help your club survive.”

The midfielder, who has been out with a shoulder and knee injury suffered while playing in goal for the Tons, claimed he was asked to delete the aforementioned tweets or risk facing a five-game ban.

“It’s with a heavy heart I say this, but my time at Clapton has come to an end,” said Jairette, who was given a testimonial last summer.

“I’ve asked to be released as Clapton have decided to give me a five-match ban due to my tweets about clubs banning fans.

“I was asked to delete it because I was told I would get in trouble by the FA, which I responded ‘I don’t care’ and said I would pay any fine myself, but I will not delete something I stand by. It then come about that this was an in-house ban that doesn’t start until January 1.

“When I asked them to take into consideration I’ve been out for two months doing Clapton a favour by playing in goal, it wasn’t and it’s taken over a week for them to communicate with me.”

Clapton FC have been approached for a comment, but have yet to respond.

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