FA probe St Neots footballer to be sent to specialist clinic

08:00 29 March 2014

St Neots Town football player Dave Deeney is being investigated by the FA over tweets. Picture: Claire Howes

St Neots Town football player Dave Deeney is being investigated by the FA over tweets. Picture: Claire Howes

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A footballer whose comments on a social networking website are being investigated by the Football Association has booked a place at a clinic specialising in helping sports people with behavioural problems.

David Deeney, who plays for St Neots Town, is the subject of an investigation by the FA into tweets he posted in which he spoke of stabbing fans of Kettering FC.

A statement issued by the club last week described Mr Deeney’s comments on his personal 
Twitter account as “totally unacceptable”.

It said: “We have spoken with the FA and with David himself and have expressed the view to both parties that these comments are totally unacceptable and that the club would be following a strict and confidential disciplinary path to resolve the matter.

“St Neots Town FC has also been in constant contact with Wembley and will aid in any way we can with regards to the FA’s own investigation.

“David is aware of the gravity of the situation and the impact 
it has had and with that in 
mind he has, with the help of the PFA, enrolled onto a residential Sporting Chance Clinic program.

“As a club we take the view that it is better to support David Deeney and to help him resolve any issues that he may have.”

The Sporting Chance Clinic was established by former Arsenal defender Tony Adams who suffered from alcohol-related issues and is billed as somewhere for “the mind, body and soul”.

A spokesman for the FA confirmed on Monday (March 24) that its investigation into Deeney’s comments was ongoing.

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