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Gills chief blasts Bates comments

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally has hit out at Ken Bates after comments from his Leeds counterpart ahead of United's 2-1 win against the relegated Gills.

Bates said sending them down would be "poetic justice" because Scally backed a decision to dock Leeds 15 points.

But Scally says Bates unfairly singled him out in his programme notes.

"I was one of 63 chairmen who voted to support the action against Leeds for misdemeanours carried out by the people running Leeds at the time," he said.

There were 36,000 out there who think I'm the reason they lost 15 points and that clearly wasn't the case

Paul Scally

Leeds were penalised last August for breaking competition insolvency, a decision upheld last week by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

"They broke the regulations, got punished by the Football League board of directors and we were asked whether we supported the board," Scally told BBC Sport.

"It was an anonymous vote and I was happy to come out and say I was one of the ones who supported the board.

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"Because of that - and Ken has whipped it up - there were 36,000 out there who think I'm the reason they lost 15 points and that clearly wasn't the case.

"Ken Bates has disappointed me enormously. I'm stunned by the way he's behaved."


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