Robins boss would rather walk away than throw meetings
ALUN Rossiter has insisted he would rather walk away from speedway altogether than intentionally lose a meeting following a stream of ‘disgusting’ comments following the Robins exit from the Elite League play-offs.
In the aftermath of Monday's loss to Poole the Swindon team manager has been criticised by a host of fans who believe the Robins should have intentionally lost to Lakeside in their final regular season meeting to keep their eventual conquerors out the play-offs, a sentiment shared by Swindon captain Hans Andersen.
But for Rossiter losing to the Hammers on purpose would have put him in the same bracket as some of sport’s most high profile match fixers, and he would rather lose matches fair and square than have to live with being corrupt. “If you do that you are no different to the other people who have been accused of cheating, and all you are then is the same as the Pakistani cricketers who were found guilty,” he said.
“If that’s how people really feel about it then that’s me out because a lot of the comments have been disgusting. The day I have to start chucking matches like that and be tarred with that brush then it’s no longer for me.
“We were beaten fair and square, and if we can’t beat Poole over two legs then we are not good enough to win the final so we have to be man enough about it.
“There might be a race where you want a rider to finish third instead of second, but that doesn’t lead to throwing matches and being corrupt.
“I want to win fair and square, and that may not be for everyone but that’s how I’m always going to do it.”
While Rossiter is passionately opposed to the idea, having suggested before the match it might be beneficial to lose to Lakeside to keep Poole out of the title shakeup Andersen was frustrated to have been proved right.
“It’s easy to say now, but I definitely think we made a mistake picking Poole. We could have decided not to let Poole in,” he said.
“People say ‘if you want to be champions you have to beat everyone’ but then again if you want to win you have to do what it takes to win.
“We knew it was going to be tough, but we were beaten by the better team.”
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