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National League keeper Stack retires just days after weekend altercation

National League side Eastleigh have announced that goalkeeper Graham Stack has retired just days after altercation with Hartlepool’s Liam Noble Graham Stack in action against Hartlepool United last weekend.

Stack has announced his retirement, just days after altercation with Hartlepool’s Liam Noble in his final game. Stack, who has taken up a goalkeeping role at Premier League Watford, angered the Pools squad and coaching staff last weekend after an off-field altercation with the midfielder.

Manager Matthew Bates refused to confirm the nature of the incident, which took place at half-time in the tunnel, but he did confirm the incident left Noble “upset” and “shaken” adding Stack’s actions had no place anywhere near a football field.

Speaking after the game, Bates said: “The keeper has made a few good saves but what went on at half-time, the keeper should not be on the pitch for the second half.

“I have got to be honest, I did not see the incident. I know people who did see it and I know Liam (Noble). “Something has gone on, I do not want to say much else on it really. “We did not let it have an impact at half-time. Liam was upset with what happened.

“I don’t mind teams coming here and trying to unsettle us fairly, we do that when we go away, that’s football.

“That does not belong here – that’s not football.”

Announcing Stack’s retirement, an Eastleigh statement read: “Eastleigh Football Club can today confirm that goalkeeper Graham Stack has had his contract terminated by mutual consent. “Graham approached the club earlier this week and indicated a role to become Head of Goalkeeping at Watford FC has arisen.

“Stack expressed his desire to pursue a new role in the next chapter of his career to the club and as of today, he will be retiring from professional football.” Stack added: “It’s a sad day for me to retire from playing. After I was approached by Watford to take up this exciting role I knew it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Eastleigh and I would like to thank the supporters, players, staff and managers who have all been part of my time here.”

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