Son of Justin Edinburgh condemns 'VILE' chants about his late father

Son of former Leyton Orient boss Justin Edinburgh condemns ‘VILE and HURTFUL’ Colchester fans who chanted ‘Justin’s in a box’ about his late father – insisting the ‘small-minded individuals will never win at anything’

  • Justin Edinburgh tragically passed away aged 49 after a cardiac arrest in 2019 
  • A small group of Colchester fans chanted abusive songs about him on Saturday 
  • His son, Charlie Edinburgh, took to social media to condemn the fans on Monday

The son of Tottenham legend Justin Edinburgh has hit out at the group of Colchester fans who chanted ‘vile and hurtful’ songs about his late father during Leyton Orient’s League Two clash on Saturday.

The former Orient boss tragically passed away aged 49 after a cardiac arrest in June 2019, a month after guiding the London-based club back into the Football League.

Orient’s 2-2 draw with Colchester, which extended their lead to seven points at the summit of League Two, was marred by abusive chanting from a small selection of the away end. The fans were heard chanting ‘Justin’s in a box’. 

Justin’s son Charlie took to social media on Monday to condemn the ‘small minded individuals’, insisting that his family are too strong to be affected by the abuse.

‘To the select individuals who sung my father’s name in a vile and hurtful song at yesterday’s game, I hope you will learn that hurtful and abusive words can have a lasting effect on people,’ he wrote on Twitter.

The son of former Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh (pictured) has hit out at a group of Colchester supporters who chanted ‘vile and hurtful’ songs about his late father on Saturday

‘Luckily, myself and my family are stronger and better than to let acts of this nature affect us.

‘Football is a wonderful game enjoyed by many, but unfortunately there will always be a small minority who will take the time out to give the beautiful game and their respective club a bad name and reputation.

‘I want to personally thank everyone who has sent wonderful messages of support to me and my family, and just to remember that these small minded individuals will never win at anything in life.

‘My dad’s legacy and reputation will never be forgotten and that alone outweighs any negativity or abuse.’

Charlie Edinburgh (right) – son of Justin – shakes the hand of former England manager Glenn Hoddle during the memorial service for his late father at Chelmsford Cathedral in July 2019

George Marsh (left) of Tottenham presents a shirt signed by the first team to Justin’s wife Kerri (right) and Charlie (centre) in 2020 in memory of the Spurs legend who passed away in 2019

During his time as Leyton Orient boss, Edinburgh guided the club back to the Football League

Separating themselves from the ‘shameful’ behaviour of the culprits, Colchester vowed to work with Orient in any upcoming investigations. 

‘Not for the first time this season a very small minority of those in the away section have acted in a shameful manner,’ a Colchester statement read.

‘This time making vile chants that no decent person would make and are in no way shared by Colchester United or the vast majority of Colchester United fans.

‘We will co-operate with Leyton Orient should there be any further investigations.’

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