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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 August, 2004, 08:37 GMT 09:37 UK
Keeper answers York claims
York City goalkeeper Paul Crichton
Crichton joined York from Norwich
York City goalkeeper Paul Crichton has defended himself over a disagreement with supporters, which has led to a club suspension.

Crichton will not be picked against Accrington Stanley as the club investigates incidents during the game at Gravesend.

"I've heard that I am supposed to have said I don't care about the club, but that's complete lies," said Crichton.

"I worked for the football club without getting paid for four weeks."

He added: "I travel from Norwich and have done 8,000 miles in my car since signing.

"I am away from my family and I am only on a basic wage. I could have signed for Sheffield United or Kilmarnock for four times the money and just sat there picking up my wage.

Until a conclusion has been reached, Paul Crichton will not play for York
York director Sophie McGill
"I heard I'm meant to have said I don't mind if we win, lose or draw as long as I get paid.

"But I came to York because Chris (Brass) is my pal as well as my manager and, if I had said something like that, it would mean I am cheating on my friend," Crichton told the York Evening Press.

Crichton was reportedly involved in a disagreement with some York supporters during the 4-0 defeat at Gravesend and Northfleet.

"The board of York City and the manager, Chris Brass, are investigating the matter," director Sophie McGill told the York Evening Press.

"Until a conclusion has been reached, Paul Crichton will not play for York."

Former Burnley and Grimsby goalkeeper Crichton joined York at the start of the season on a short-term deal after being released by Norwich City.

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