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Backing: Stephen Robinson

Backing: Stephen Robinson

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Backing: Stephen Robinson

A Northern Ireland-born football manager has vowed to reward his club and their fans for their loyalty throughout his domestic abuse case.

Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson was cleared on Friday at Edinburgh Sheriff Court of assaulting partner Robyn Lauchlan by grabbing and pinning her against a fence, and acting in a threatening or abusive manner towards her in the Scottish capital on December 13 last year.

Miss Lauchlan had insisted that Robinson, from Lisburn, was innocent, and Motherwell gave him "unconditional support".

Robinson said: "It was very stressful on all my family. But justice has been done and we can draw a line under it.

"(Chief executive) Alan Burrows and (chairman) Jim McMahon, the whole board, have been fantastic."

He added: "My determination is to reward those people for their loyalty to me and make sure we finish strongly this season."

Belfast Telegraph