Commercial head at Chesterfield leaves following competition "farce"

The head of Chesterfield’s Commercial and Marketing department, Kevin Fitzgerald has left the club after a ‘fake’ winner was picked to travel with the team on their pre-season training camp in Hungary.

In a statement on the club’s website, director and company secretary Ashley Carson said: “Following on from my statement on Monday, I am still reeling from the shameful incident that has attracted nationwide headlines for the football club for all the wrong reasons.”

“After a thorough internal investigation, I can now confirm that the person responsible for this total farce has now left the football club.”

“Kevin Fitzgerald has been a hardworking, respected, likeable employee who has, for some reason, made a massive error of judgement and has subsequently paid the consequences for his actions. The board were unaware of his actions and have taken swift action after uncovering the truth.”

The competition error came to light when an article appeared on the football club’s website announcing that the winner as a man called “Surrey-based Spireite James Higgins” but the article was quickly deleted.

Supporters were asked to pay £20 to enter a raffle to go on the pre-season trip to Hungary but only four people actually entered the competition.

Chesterfield says they have apologised to those who entered the competition and offered them a full refund.

Mr Carson continued: “I do hope that we can look for a replacement to head our commercial department, move forward and pick up the pieces from the whole sorry mess.”

“Finally, I want to confirm that all other lotteries/raffles run by the club, which are so valuable to providing funds, are in no way affected by this isolated incident.”

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