FALKIRK FC have apologised to Alloa manager Brian Rice after one of their fans taunted him about his gambling addiction.

Rice is a former Falkirk player and was previously a part of the backroom staff. As such, the club holds a special place for him.

However, after Alloa's 1-0 defeat on Saturday, he was upset after the treatment he received from one Falkirk fan.

He told Advertiser Sport: “I am really, really disappointed to hear that from a Falkirk supporter. It’s sad to hear and I’m disappointed because Falkirk’s my club, but for a Falkirk supporter to shout that at me, I’m really, really disappointed. I hope he hangs his head in shame.”

Rice added: "He’s ruined my weekend. He’s absolutely ruined my weekend. I hope it never happens to his family."

Falkirk later apologised and condemned the actions of their fan, while also asking anyone who witnessed the interaction to get in touch.

A statement from their website read: "Falkirk Football Club can confirm we are aware of alleged abuse directed towards Alloa Athletic Manager Brian Rice from a Falkirk fan during Saturday’s cinch League One fixture.

"Falkirk Football Club would like to formally apologise to Brian and have reached out to him personally to convey our regret over this matter.

"We would ask any supporters who may have witnessed the alleged abuse directed towards Brian to get in contact with Supporter Liaison Officer, Kevin Beattie, via email at slo@falkirkfc.co.uk.

"We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that the football club has a zero-tolerance policy against abusive language or conduct.

"The club would like to highlight the high regard in which the vast majority of Falkirk fans hold Brian Rice and we would also like to thank him for many years of service, as both a player and member of the coaching staff at Falkirk Football Club."