Brighton & Hove Albion have issued an apology to rival club Crystal Palace after it was reported that someone had smeared ‘excrement’ all over the visitors locker room before the second-leg of their semi-final. Palace went on to win the game 2-0 to secure a place in the Championship Playoff Final. Afterwards Palace Manager Ian Holloway confronted Brighton Manager Gus Poyet over the incident.

From The Guardian:

An angry Ian Holloway told his opposite number Gus Poyet what Palace had found as they shook hands on the touchline after the teams had emerged from the tunnel.

Poyet was apparently so disgusted to learn of the incident that he sent an email to staff demanding that the culprit be found and sacked. He and his coaching team have since been suspended by the club, apparently partly because the hierarchy were annoyed by aspects of Poyet’s emailed complaint. It is not suggested that any of the trio were involved in the dressing-room incident.

Brighton, who have confirmed no players were involved, insist security will be tightened at the Amex.

The people over at The Sun got their hands on Poyet’s e-mail, in which he used the most British expression ever to describe someone dropping a deuce.

“When Crystal Palace players and staff arrived to the Amex and went into their dressing room, they found themselves in a very uncomfortable situation.

“For some reason, someone had access to the away dressing room and done something terrible, trying to upset everyone related to Palace. To say it in clear English, someone had a ‘poo’ all outside the toilets, over and around the toilets.

“I am angry that someone within this club could endanger our good reputation and stoop so low. I would like someone to accept responsibility and resign.”

Thus concludes another interesting week in Footballdom.