'I reserve the right to buy anyone a burger' - Accrington owner on win bonus

Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt says he "reserves the right" to buy his players a burger following victories after the English Football League questioned the arrangement.

Holt said he gives the team £200 to get "McDonald's or the like" if they win - otherwise they pay for their own meal.

He tweeted that he received a letter "demanding an explanation" as it is not part of their standard player contract.

The EFL confirmed the League Two leaders had responded to their enquiry.

The burger bonus at Accrington goes against EFL regulation 61.6, which states that "full details of all payments to or benefits paid in cash or in kind on behalf of players must be included in the standard contract".

Bonuses "form part of the contract" and are to be included before the start of each season. However, exceptions may be made if the EFL are written to in advance.

An EFL spokesman said: "As a result of a communication made by Mr Holt in relation to the payment of additional monies, the EFL has written to Accrington Stanley and asked them for their observations.

"The club has provided its response and the matter will be considered further in due course."

In a series of tweets leading up to Easter Monday's home game against fellow promotion hopefuls Notts County, Holt defended his "right to buy anyone a burger with my own money" and said it was "only the same as paying for a pre-match meal".

"You have to wonder what these folk would do with their life if it wasn't for my errors of judgement," he added.

In response to another tweet, he said: "It's my money John, not the club's. I spend it how I want, been known to give a free bar to our fans for 10 minutes too on the odd occasion."

Holt continued: "I don't for one minute think anything untoward in my actions. At least the EFL keep an eye on my twitter feed.

"I'm relaxed about it. Should put an expenses claim in, but I'd have to pay the bill either way."

Source: BBC NEWS

Accrington stun Preston while Birmingham storm through

Billy Kee's last-minute strike saw Accrington dump Championship Preston out of the Carabao Cup with a dramatic 3-2 win at the Wham Stadium.

Stanley, who opened their League Two campaign with a 3-1 win over Colchester on Saturday, went ahead through defender Ben Richards-Everton in the 20th minute.

Preston, under new boss Alex Neil and on the back of a 1-0 home league win over Sheffield Wednesday, equalised through Jordan Hugill in the 70th minute.

Jordan Clark looked to have won it for Stanley with just four minutes left, only for Hugill to strike again with 90 minutes up.

However, there was still time for substitute Kee to find a winner, converting Tom Dallison's cross to secure a memorable victory.

Che Adams netted a hat-trick as Birmingham swept into the second round with a 5-1 win over Crawley.

David Davis and s ubstitute Robert Tesche were also on target while Panutche Camara netted a late consolation for Crawley.

Bristol City made it two wins in a row when they coasted past League One side Plymouth 5-0 at Ashton Gate.

Jens Hegeler, Nathan Baker and Korey Smith put the Robins 3-0 up inside 20 minutes, Freddy Hinds slotted in a fourth after 39 minutes and substitute Jamie Paterson wrapped things up with 11 minutes left.

Grimsby's clash with Derby was abandoned after just 19 minutes due to a waterlogged pitch at Blundell Park.

The Rams were leading 1-0 following a fifth-minute header by defender Richard Keogh before the game was temporarily halted after a downpour and then eventually called off by referee Trevor Kettle.

On loan Bristol City forward Shawn McCoulsky scored twice in the space of six second-half minutes as League Two Newport won 2-0 at League One Southend.

There was more late drama at Oakwell, where Ryan Hedges scored a winner deep into stoppage time as Barnsley beat League Two Morecombe 4-3.

Tom Bradshaw and Ike Ugbo put the Tykes ahead early on, with Sam Lavelle reducing the deficit just before half-time.

Bradshaw headed in a third at the start of the second half and after a penalty from Michael Rose and Vadaine Oliver's late effort appeared to have sent the tie into extra time, Hedges had the final say.

Ipswich won 2-0 at Luton with a goal in each half from Republic of Ireland forward David McGoldrick, while Norwich saw off Swindon 3-2 at Carrow Road.

Tom Elliott scored twice as Millwall beat Stevenage 2-0 at the New Den and Nottingham Forest moved into the second round with a 2-1 home win over Shrewsbury.

QPR beat Northampton 1-0 with a first-half goal from Yeni Ngbakoto at Loftus Road, where the visitors had defender Leon Barnett sent off.

Liam Kelly scored twice in the closing stages as Reading beat Gillingham 2-0 at the Madejski Stadium, while a header from Nouha Dicko with 15 minutes left was enough for Wolves to see off Yeovil 1-0.

Fulham won 2-0 at Wycombe and Sheffield Wednesday coasted to a 4-1 home win over Chesterfield.

Source: PA


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