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09 Aug 2013 17:16:53

Blackpool boss Ince joins son in FA dock

Blackpool manager Paul Ince has been hit with an FA charge following his post-match rant at Preston, just 24 hours after his son Tom was given a two-match ban.

Ince is accused of "calling into question the integrity of the match referee and/or implying that the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute" following his angry comments in the wake of Blackpool's 1-0 defeat at local rivals Preston in the League Cup first round on Monday.

The former Manchester United, Liverpool and England midfielder was frustrated that Preston's fans flooded onto the Deepdale pitch to goad rival supporters at the final whistle, while a steward had to be taken to hospital after being trampled on by a police horse.

"It's an absolute joke," he said at the time. "Who knows what could happen? It's going to take someone to get stabbed or something else to happen before we're going to listen.

"I wonder if there are enough stewards there? You see enough situations in football where fans are hitting a player.

"Who are the stewards anyway? Are they Preston fans? If they are they shouldn't be stewards. They just let people run on the pitch. It's not just Preston -- it's football in general.

"We need to knuckle down because you can't have fans running on the pitch. I don't care whether they win, lose or draw."

The charge completed a bad week for the Ince family as his son, a highly-rated Blackpool forward, was handed a two-game suspension after making an offensive gesture to a match official during the Preston defeat.

It means the Championship club will be without their star player for Saturday's clash against Barnsley and the subsequent trip to Middlesbrough.


AFP

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