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Dean Holden says he has ‘drawn a line’ under the Macauley Bonne social media issue after forward is dropped for Milton Keynes trip

Dean Holden says he has now “drawn a line” under the social media faux paus that saw Macauley Bonne left out of last nights’ trip to Milton Keynes for disciplinary reasons.

The forward was left at home for the match at Stadium MK after his Instagram account was spotted liking celebratory Ipswich Town posts following the Tractor Boys’ 6-0 thumping of Charlton over the weekend.

The Addicks boss had said he would he speak to the former Ipswich loanee after learning of his online activity – a conversation that led to the striker being left out of the group that made the journey to Buckinghamshire.

Holden said: “Macauley didn’t mean any intention to disrespect our supporters. Social media can do this to people sometimes. I can totally understand the frustration from supporters and the way that came across. I had that conversation with Macca.

“I’ve talked from day one about building that connection with our fans and that was the last thing we wanted to do is make it look like we’re sticking two fingers up to them. That wasn’t the intention, I have to say that. I made the decision tonight. I wanted to get the game, hopefully get a win and now we move forward.

“For me, now it’s done. He’s missed out on the squad. He’s accepted it. He’ll be back in training and for me it’s put to bed. I didn’t want it to fester. He’s had his punishment and we’ll move forward.

“We should draw a line. You can blow things out of proportion. The key thing tonight was to focus on the players we brought with us tonight. At the end we’ve gone over to our fans, and we’ve had a good moment with them. I like to think now that we draw a line under it.”


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