Cotterill hit with FA charge

02 February 2007 11:23
Burnley manager Steve Cotterill has been charged with using abusive and/or insulting words towards an opposing player by the Football Association. Cotterill was sent to the stands during Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at Derby County by Mike Riley after contesting the referee's decision to hand a red card to Clarets midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba in the 90th minute. Cotterill also appeared to clash with Rams defender Mo Camara in the aftermath of the incident. Earlier in the fiery match, Riley had sent Derby manager Billy Davies from the dugout. Afterwards, Cotterill defended the actions of all the parties sent off by the Premiership official. He said: "I didn't think anyone deserved to be sent off, me, Eric or Billy Davies. "Do they want to take all of the passion out of the game? Are we not allowed to hop around on the touchline any more? "I am at a loss. It's like naughty schoolboys. I didn't think there was anything in Eric's challenge which warranted a second booking. "We were in stoppage time. I thought it was harsh. He is an experienced ref and I thought it was ridiculous."

Source: ESA