Key-gate: Two Scottish clubs war over locked dressing room

The incident happened at Raith Rovers' Stark's Park ground. Picture: SNS
The incident happened at Raith Rovers' Stark's Park ground. Picture: SNS
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Two Ladbrokes Championship clubs have become involved in a hilarious spat over the misplacing of a key, which delayed the restart of a recent match.

Visitors Livingston left the field at half-time last Saturday a goal down against hosts Raith Rovers.

Their spirits were then dampened further when they found themselves unable to re-enter the away dressing room.

It took some time for a key to be located, and the start of the second half was delayed as a result.

Livingston released a statement on their website explaining to the travelling support the reason for the delay.

It read: “Following enquiries from supporters, the club can confirm that our players were unable to gain entry to the away team dressing room for 10 minutes at half time.

“Raith Rovers staff were unable to find the dressing room key. That is why there was a delay in restarting the match. It was an unfortunate incident.”

However, Raith have today fired back at the West Lothian club. They insist not only are Livingston exaggerating the amount of time spent waiting outside the dressing room, but are also giving a false account of who was responsible for the locked door.

Raith chief executive Eric Drysdale told Fife Today: “The explanation given by Livingston is not actually what happened.

“Quite simply, an unstripped member of the Livingston party seems to have snibbed both away dressing room doors five minutes before half-time so they couldn’t be opened from the outside.

“Our groundsman Craig was forking the other end of the pitch, hence the delay. The club has been made to appear negligent which isn’t the case at all - and I’m quite annoyed about it.

“They were outside for three or four minutes.”

Raith Rovers won the match 2-0.

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