CRYSTAL Palace manager Ian Holloway was a victim of abuse from the chairman of the Crawley Town Supporters Alliance Club throughout Saturday's pre-season friendly in West Sussex. Hours later, Paul Prendergast resigned from his position and was hit by a four-match ban at the Broadfield Stadium after Holloway made a complaint to Crawley Town staff. It had been a testing 48 hours for Holloway after seeing a number of transfer deals fall through, while the 3-0 defeat to Crawley only fuelled tensions further. However, it has emerged this afternoon the Reds have decided to rescind the ban and Prendergast has agreed to move to another area of the stadium after further discussions with the Supporters Alliance and an appeal. A statement from Prendergast reads: "I have always wound up the opposition manager from my seat behind the dugout, but on this occasion perhaps I went too far. "Mr Holloway has gone on record as stating it had been the most stressful week of his managerial career and I may have helped to tip him over the edge. "That was never my intention, I am extremely embarrassed about it and I am mortified that I caused embarrassment to my football club. "Crawley Town is a massive part of my life. I am a committed supporter and very passionate about my team and they have enough to deal with preparing for the new season without this. "I have spoken to co-owner Susan Carter and apologised personally and I just want to forget the incident. "I have stepped down from my position with the Supporters Alliance and just want to get back to watching football, though perhaps with a slightly more reserved approach in future."
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