A bizarre row has erupted between two FA Cup opponents after Boreham Wood threatened Carlisle United with legal action having being accused of leaving urine on the club's dressing-room floor.
Boreham Wood claim the offending substance was merely orange juice which was splattered all over the floor when defender Mark Jones “lashed out” at a carton following a 2-1 defeat in the first round of the competition.
Moreover, the non-league side have also had to deny suggestions they damaged the dressing-room door at Brunton Park and wedged a teapot in a urinal.
With a Football Association investigation underway, Boreham Wood have threatened Carlisle with legal action if they do not retract the allegations they have made to the game’s governing body.Screenshot from Boreham Wood's official club website
Chairman Danny Hunter told the News and Star: “Unless we get a full retraction, I’m going legal over this. I’ve contacted my solicitors. They [Carlisle] will either retract it in full or it’s a law suit. What has been said is just not true.”
The trouble started after Boreham Wood suffered heartbreak when Mark Beck scored in the 95th minute to send them tumbling out of the competition on Tuesday night. Following Beck’s winner, some Carlisle players appeared to goad their opponents from the Conference South.
It is then that Carlisle allege the unsavoury behaviour took place in the away dressing room, and the League One club have provided accompanying evidence and photos to the FA.
Carlisle media office Andy Hall claimed after the game: “Initial reports suggest that some of the players or people connected with Boreham Wood have kicked in the home dressing-room door – there is damage – and some other stuff has gone on in the away dressing-room. The youth-team have been cleaning up some not very nice stuff. For it to be left in that state isn’t nice.”Screenshot from Boreham Wood's official website
Boreham Wood countered in a statement: "The club have been made aware of an allegation that a player urinated in our dressing room after last night's FA Cup match against Carlisle United. The club finds this story laughable if it was not so serious and completely and utterly denies this allegation. For the reasons as follows:
"In the 95th minute Carlisle scored the winning goal in our FA Cup tie, at which point Carlisle United’s Lee [sic] Noble began goading the Boreham Wood players, by waving in their faces and followed it with expletives that ended **** off home to London etc. This also continued after the final whistle and whilst the Boreham Wood players were walking back to their dressing room.
"On entering our dressing room after the game a Boreham Wood player, in temper lashed out and at our orange juice container which went all over the floor and across our kit bag. The player in question was Mark Jones, who has apologised for his actions but to suggest that our orange juice container is urine is beyond belief.”
Boreham Wood have since issued a further statement to pick apart Carlisle's claims. But to do justice to arguably the greatest statement ever issued by a football club, you will have to read the whole diatribe in full. Suffice to say, it is worth five minutes of your time...