Dick Knight has temporarily stepped down as President of the Albion Club after being involved in angry scenes at a recent game.
The former chairman was caught on video losing his cool when he was unable to get into Brentford’s stadium.
He was helped into the ground by seemingly helpful and patient Albion staff.
Knight said he “accepted” that he should step down for the next ten games.
In a statement released through the Albion website, Knight said: “I was initially unable to gain entry to the stadium due to an error in the barcode on my ticket which resulted in the stadium access system not recognizing my ticket. As far as I know, several other backers had similar issues.
“Out of frustration, I behaved in a way that was inappropriate for the president of the club. Unfortunately, some aspects of my conduct that evening were caught on video and circulated on social media, causing considerable upset and embarrassment to Brighton & Hove Albion, its staff and myself.
“In line with the club’s zero-tolerance policy towards any form of abusive behaviour, I have therefore accepted that I should step down from my role as honorary president for life for the next ten games. I will not take part in any games during this time or represent the club in any capacity.
“I would like to apologize unreservedly to anyone whom I offended or upset with my behavior in Brentford last Friday night, in particular the staff at Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion who were kind and helpful in securing my access to the stadium after repeated attempts to failed to use my ticket .
“I will not comment further on this subject.”
Knight holds a special place in Albion’s history as he was the man who led efforts to save the club in the 1990s.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/23066817.dick-knight-steps-aside-brighton-club-president/?ref=rss Dick Knight resigns as President of the Brighton Club