Montano gets the boot
Reporter: MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Date online: 16 December 2013
ATHLETIC has confirmed the sacking of Colombian winger Cristian Montano.
The 22 year old appeared in a secretly-filmed video apparently apologising for not being booked in the first half at Wolves - part of an alleged spot-fixing scam which made national headline news.
Currently on police bail until April, Montano was suspended without pay by Athletic following his arrest.
At a press conference earlier today at Boundary Park, a statement read out by solicitors detailed the reasons for Montano’s dismissal.
It said: “After a thorough investigation relating to the conduct of Cristian Montano, a decision has been made to dismiss the player.
“It is our view the player’s conduct, in not only bringing the name of Oldham Athletic but also the football authorities into disrepute, amounts to very serious breaches of club discipline and therefore constitutes gross misconduct.
“Oldham Athletic takes matters such as this extremely seriously and believes it was essential to act as swiftly as possible to deal with this matter decisively once they became aware of the allegations, and irrespective of any other investigations.”
Montano signed for Athletic in August 2012 but has performed inconsistently and had injuries.
Across two seasons he made 48 appearances and scored four times.
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