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Pirates: Angry Brummies chief issues apology over 'pathetic' song selection
SORRY was not the hardest word for apologetic Birmingham promoter Graham Drury as he slammed the “absolutely pathetic and unjustified” playing of Money Money Money during Pirates’ title celebrations.
Poole chief Matt Ford today hit back at the club’s critics, his comments coming hot on the heels of the ABBA hit being blasted from the Perry Barr public address system following Pirates’ Elite League grand final triumph on Tuesday night.
The controversial song choice came after some rival supporters had questioned Pirates’ spending and approach during a turbulent campaign which saw the Dorset outfit claim their fifth crown in 11 seasons.
However, Brummies chief Drury, in an interview with the Daily Echo, said he had been unaware of the musical selection and issued an apology to Pirates’ management and fans.
Drury said he did not agree with everything Pirates did and cited an alleged incident when he claimed Poole boss Neil Middleditch had complained about the tyres on Birmingham’s spare wheels half an hour before the first leg clash, which he said had led to late changes being made by the Brummies riders.
But he did not seek to use that apparent issue as an excuse when he said: “I am the promoter of Birmingham Speedway and if I had been aware that the song was going to be played, without question, I would have pulled it.
“I think it was sour grapes. Birmingham came out (of the season) very creditably. Everyone said we had been very gracious in our defeat and I don’t like things like that tarnishing our reputation. If any offence was caused to the management or fans, then I apologise.
“If I had been aware, I would have had it ripped off very quickly. It was pathetic, childish and something which Birmingham Speedway does not want to be associated with.”
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