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3rd December 2004 17:37

BBC Nottingham online:
Updated 08.38am 03.12.04
The Mansfield Town Chairman Keith Haslam says Carlton Palmer will leave the club next week if suspended manager Keith Curle is cleared in the ongoing investigation at Field Mill. Palmer has been in temporary charge for three weeks after Curle's suspension started, and has since made three signings and let midfielder Neil MacKenzie leave the club on loan. Haslam says there could be an announcement about Curle's position early next week.
Evening Post, BY STEVIE RODEN, 03 December 2004
Mansfield Town chairman Keith Haslam hopes to conclude the saga surrounding Keith Curle's suspension by next week.

And it could mean Curle is put back in charge of the Stags, following his suspension for allegedly bullying a youth team player.

The Stags boss has been suspended for more than three weeks while an internal investigation takes place, with Carlton Palmer being made caretaker manager.

Haslam said: "I'm frustrated it is taking so long. But I soon hope to be in a position to either exonerate Keith Curle and welcome him back or otherwise take appropriate action.

"I am not in that position at the moment and I have got to be fair to all parties in making a decision."

Meanwhile, Neil MacKenzie has been fined a week's wages for criticising Palmer. The 28-year-old is currently on loan at Macclesfield.

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12:00 - 03 December 2004
Mansfield Town are looking for help with their investigation into claims their fans directed racial abuse at Boston United's Nathan Abbey.

The Pilgrims goalkeeper made the claim following the match against Stags at York Street on November 20.

He has since filed a complaint regarding similar abuse by Rochdale fans a week later.

Mansfield have received a letter from Boston and are now looking into the incident in which a small section of Stags fans are alleged to have made monkey taunts towards Abbey.

The club wants to hear from anybody who was at the game who witnessed any such abuse.

A spokesman said: "As both clubs take this behaviour very seriously we are in the process of finding out the facts regarding these claims to put forward to the Football Association.

"Mansfield Town runs a zero tolerance policy for racial and violent behaviour and perpetrators will be banned from all Notts football grounds."

The club said information will be dealt with in confidence.

Anybody who witnessed the alleged abuse should write to: Mansfield Town, Field Mill, Quarry Lane, Notts, NG18 5DA or e-mail mtfc-press@btconnect.com


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