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May 4, 2005
South Upper
I have been sent on the following email from an Orient fan complaining about unsporting behaviour from our tannoy announcer. Personally i didnt hear the noice described - anyone else?? This fella has complained to Southend, Orient & the football League..

Subject: Southend United vs Leyton Orient 09/08/11
Dear Sirs,

I attended last week’s Football League Cup First Round match between Southend United and Leyton Orient.

As you will be aware, the match was settled by a penalty shoot out.

I would like to report the conduct of the host club, Southend, during those closing stages. As Ben Chorley walked to the penalty spot to take his kick, a noise could be heard over the public address system. This was clearly identifiable as a vocal microphone being struck rhythmically to simulate the sound of a heartbeat. This, I assume, was designed to heighten the tension and the pressure on the kicker. There was one further striking of the microphone at the point that Chorley took his kick.

No such noise was evident as Southend United players took their penalty kicks.

I believe the match video will verify my claims. Failing that I am sure there are numerous spectators who witnessed the events.

Please could the Football League investigate whether, as I suspect, this conduct was in breach of regulations.

I feel that the partisan nature of a match-day announcer before a match and at half-time is part and parcel of football, but it is despicable that the public address system should be used as a means to influence events on the field. To do so during a penalty shoot-out scenario is particularly shameful and, in my opinion, could be dangerous as well as unfair as it may well serve to incite violence.

As you will see, this email has been copied to Southend United FC and Leyton Orient FC.

I look forward to your response.

Nick Madden

Personally as they won the shoot out & Chorley scored, seems a fuss about nothing!