Norris offers face-to-face apology

DAVID Norris will be travelling to Manchester to offer a face-to-face apology to Phil and Amanda Peak.

Mike Bacon

DAVID Norris will be travelling to Manchester to offer a face-to-face apology to Phil and Amanda Peak.

The Blues midfielder, who has been embroiled in controversy since his goal celebration at Blackpool on Saturday, is set to meet the Peaks, having already written a personal apology.

Norris has been fined the maximum two weeks wages by Ipswich Town, who have contacted the Peak family to ask them which charity they wished Norris' fine to go to.

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They have asked for it to be split between a charity set up in their children's names, Arron and Ben, both of whom were killed in the car accident in June, involving Norris' friend Luke McCormick, and Brake, the road safety charity.

Last night the Football Association confirmed they had spoken to Ipswich Town and written to Norris asking for an explanation of his actions. Norris has seven days to respond.

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And Professional Footballers Association chief executive Gordon Taylor admitted Norris' actions were ill conceived.

“What happened was unfortunate, but to be fair I can't imagine David Norris realised the outcry his actions would course.

“It wasn't appropriate there is no doubt about that.

“It was ill conceived towards the family of the boys' that lost their lives in the crash.

“But professional footballers make more than 18,000 community visits in the course of a season and that rarely gets mentioned that they do a lot of good work.

“I would like to say I think Ipswich Town Football Club handled it all well.”

Certainly Ipswich Town will feel they have done all they can to try and resolve this situation, with Norris set to meet the Peak's personally to offer an apology, as well as a fine imposed.

With the team currently on a good run of form, many at Portman Road will hope the focus can now begin to turn to the Championship game at Doncaster on Saturday with this unfortunate episode to begin to cool down.

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