Harry Kewell is restrained by his own player and security.
Harry Kewell is restrained by his own player and security.

'I didn’t lose my Kewell': Harry speaks out

HARRY Kewell has spoken out to clarify what happened after reports he had to be held back by security and his own players after what was described as a furious bust-up with supporters.

Kewell's Crawley Town had just been defeated 4-0 by Wycombe Wanderers in a League Two clash in England when the Socceroos legend went over to confront allegedly "abusive" fans.

According to the Crawley & Horley Observer, a section of the supporters had been voicing their frustrations throughout the game, which prompted Kewell to engage the group at full-time.

Crawley is currently sitting in 21st place and are only out of the bottom three on goal difference.

However, the incident almost spiralled out of control and there were reports the former Liverpool and Leeds star had to be restrained by his own players and security.

But Kewell issued a statement through the club to say the reports were far from correct.

"Let me start by saying, in my 20-plus year professional football career I have never lost control when it comes to fans.

"After our devastating loss to Wycombe yesterday I have been advised of some exaggerated comments on social media and news channels. I now want to set the record straight.

"Whilst I did approach a disgruntled fan at full time, it was merely to hear his concerns. At no time did anyone need to hold me back.

Harry Kewell is finding life hard in the managerial world.
Harry Kewell is finding life hard in the managerial world.

"In hindsight I should have just gone straight to the changing rooms given that emotions were running high. I apologise for any misunderstanding.

"I believe that fans are the backbone of any club and I have always applauded their passion. I understand and share their frustration at this time.

"I have always been and remain intensely focussed on this team and changing the landscape of the last few years. I've really enjoyed the challenges of the past five months and look forward to a change in direction soon.

"As I said after the game, we are a team and teams must stick together, this includes the fans."

Initially after the game, Kewell said: "Look, I'm not a shy person. I'll confront anybody."

"I said at the start that if you have a problem you can always come up and ask me but, you know what, just leave it, because you're never going to win."

Crawley fans then voiced their discontent with the 39-year-old on social media, with a number calling for Kewell to be sacked.

The former Watford under-21s coach was appointed manager of Crawley in May.

However, Kewell is refusing to take a backwards step in his first ever head coach role.

"We've all got to stick together and fight," he told the Crawley & Horley Observer.

"Everyone understands that this is going to be tough, it's not going to be a stroll in the park."

"My players, myself, the staff and the fans all have to be together as one.

"I can understand that the supporters are upset at what they have seen. I'm not afraid, I'll stand up, I'm hurt by this as well. Like I said we are a team and teams must stick together."