While the woman who snatched the match shirt off a young lad has been getting abuse online and has deleted her Facebook account as a result, Jermaine Beckford has said he will present the unfortunate kid with a replacement.
The incident took place on the weekend, when Preston North End beat Swindon Town 4-0 in the League One playoff. Beckford came off, and when he sat on the bench, he took his shirt off and tossed it to some kids. It was all caught on video, which is a tad unfortunate for the woman and her male accomplice who ended up with the shirt. As you can clearly see, he doesn’t throw it to her, but she ends up snatching the shirt from him after a game of tug of war. Awful scenes.
She then took her prize possession home and tried to sell it on Gumtree for £1,500. Good luck with that one.
The footage went viral on social media, and the woman in question, Vickie Timbrell, received a lot of online abuse for stealing the shirt from the 8-year-old Ted Dockray. So much so, that she has deactivated her Facebook account, and apparently reported the abuse to the police. That’s rich.
Preston North End issued a statement, saying:
The club have been in consultation with the Football League and the parents of the child who is alleged to have had the shirt taken from him as seen on television cameras covering the match.
Please note, no one involved in this situation is connected with Preston North End in any way, shape or form.
We are delighted to say that Jermaine is more than happy to sign and present the child involved with his spare match shirt from the game.
The club will also provide a stadium tour for the youngster.