Mum: Norris incident behind us

A GRIEVING mother has said a line should be drawn under the David Norris goal celebration controversy after the footballer visited her home and apologised.

Anthony Bond

A GRIEVING mother has said a line should be drawn under the David Norris goal celebration controversy after the footballer visited her home and apologised.

The Ipswich Town midfielder spent an hour at Phil and Amanda Peak's home in Partington, Greater Manchester, on Monday and apologised for his 'handcuffs' goal celebration at Blackpool on November 8.

The gesture was aimed towards his former Plymouth Argyle teammate Luke McCormick, who is currently serving seven years and four months for causing the deaths of young brothers Arron, 10, and Ben Peak, 8, in a road accident.

The celebration led to a national media storm and the Peak's accused Norris of being disrespectful to their two sons.

But speaking last night, Mrs Peak said she now feels much better following the face-to-face meeting.

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“It went well. He just apologised for the upset that he had caused. It was nice to talk to him and I feel a lot better for it.

“It is hard not to like somebody when they are a nice person, which he is. It has drawn a line under the incident with us and if it has with us, then it should with everybody else.”

McCormick was over the drink-drive limit when he crashed into a car carrying the youngsters on the M6 in Staffordshire on June 7. He was travelling home from Norris' wedding.

Mrs Peak also revealed that she talked with Norris about McCormick but said details of the conversation will remain secret.

Norris had previously sent a letter to the Peak's expressing his regret at his actions. He was also fined a maximum two weeks' wages by Ipswich Town.

An Ipswich Town spokesman said: “David spent an hour with Phil and Amanda Peak in Manchester and apologised to the family. He appreciated the opportunity to do that.”

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