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Bradford City Player Responds To Captaincy Controversy

Anthony O'Connor says comments about him taking his armband off are 'entirely untrue and hugely hurtful'.

Anthony O’Connor has issued a statement, following yesterday's Sky Bet League One defeat to Portsmouth.

It read:

“First of all I am bitterly disappointed about today’s result and, for that matter, last weekend’s defeat to Walsall.

“It obviously led to David Hopkin resigning from his role, which we all feel a large degree of responsibility for.

“Martin took charge of the team and made the decision to give Paul Caddis the captaincy, which I was completely supportive of.

“I have worn the armband with a great deal of pride this season and am right behind any manager’s decision. My job never changes. I am here to give 100% for Bradford City.

“It has been brought to my attention by members of staff at the club that supporters are unhappy with me, after I removed the armband during the second half.

“Paul (Caddis) came off injured and I put the armband on in the dressing room - at half-time. The stitching was coming away and I had just headed the ball away for a corner.

“I was getting ready to defend the corner and took it (the armband) off. I put it in the goal.

“It is ridiculous to suggest I did it for any other reason. I would never disrespect the club or the captaincy. I wouldn’t have put it (the armband) on if I didn’t want to wear it.

“Most importantly, I wouldn’t disrespect the travelling fans who made the long journey to support us today.

“Lastly, I want to touch on comments which appeared on social media in the last 24 hours.

“The comments, which I am now told have been deleted, are entirely untrue and hugely hurtful.

“For the record, I do not carry a goal bonus in my contract and can assure every single Bradford City supporter the last thing on my mind - in the dressing room at Walsall - was the consolation effort I scored.”

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