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Port Vale investigate Exodus Geohaghon clash with fans

Port Vale loanee Exodus Geohaghon
Exodus Geohaghon joined Vale on loan from Peterborough in January

Port Vale will investigate the incident that saw on-loan defender Exodus Geohaghon allegedly confront fans following the 3-0 defeat at Accrington.

The 26-year-old was the subject of abuse from a section of the travelling supporters during Saturday's game.

"Port Vale will investigate alleged incidents following the final whistle," read a statement on the club website.

"The club will review video and photographic evidence and take any necessary action deemed appropriate."

It added: "Port Vale will not be making any further statements at this time."

Immediately after the game at the Crown Ground, Vale captain Marc Richards told BBC Radio Stoke: "He [Exodus] is getting a lot of stick at the moment for whatever reason.

"You see fans throwing abuse at players and it's only natural for a player to react and want to have his say."

Richards continued: "Exodus has done that and he's wanted to get towards the fans that are giving him some stick.

"You say that the players were stood watching, but the players were stood watching to make sure nothing was going to happen.

"If something kicked off, no-one else was going to stop him from getting into the fans. It's ultimately up to us to calm him down and get him back to the dressing room."

Geohaghon was one of manager Jim Gannon's first signings after taking charge at Vale Park in January.

The former Redditch United and Kettering Town defender has played 12 matches for Vale and is due to stay until the end of the season, although Richards is unsure if he will want to after the events of Saturday.

"It's totally up to Exodus," added the Vale skipper. "If he wants to play for Port Vale, then he'll play.

"But there might be a thing in his head now where if he's getting that much stick from the fans, he might just say 'I want to go back to Peterborough' and not come and play for Port Vale again."

Gannon was another major target for the fans' frustrations and the Vale boss had to be escorted away by stewards at full-time.

Losing at Accrington, Vale's second consecutive defeat, means they now lie outside the top seven in the table for the first time this season.

"We know how we performed, it wasn't good enough and the lads know that," said defender John McCombe.

"We're disappointed with the result and disappointed to drop out of the play-offs."

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Accrington Stanley 3-0 Port Vale
19 Mar 11 |  League Two
Valiants sign midfielder Blizzard
18 Mar 11 |  Port Vale
Port Vale 1-2 Oxford Utd
12 Mar 11 |  League Two
Geohaghon joins Port Vale on loan
24 Jan 11 |  Port Vale

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