Ince could face stadium ban

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Paul Ince could be banned from Bloomfield Road after being charged with violent conduct by the FA.

The Blackpool boss faces three charges relating to an alleged tunnel bust-up with the match officials after Saturday’s victory at Bournemouth.

Ince and his assistant Alex Rae were clearly furious when the manager was sent to the stands in the 80th minute at the Goldsands Stadium.

While the pitch-side incident was not included in the charges, it is claimed that Ince and Rae continued their appeals in the tunnel after the game.

A statement from the FA reads: “The charges are that Ince used abusive and/or insulting words towards a Match Official; his behaviour towards a Match Official constituted violent conduct; and that he used threatening words and/or behaviour towards a Match Official.

“Blackpool’s assistant manager Alex Rae has also been charged by the FA in relation to the same game for an alleged use of threatening behaviour towards a Match Official in or around the tunnel at the end of the match.”

If found guilty of the more serious charge of threatening behaviour, Ince could find himself banned from attending up to five of Blackpool’s matches.

In 2010, Rotherham boss Steve Evans was found guilty of the same offence and was barred from the entering the stadium his team were playing at on six match days, and also fined £3,000.

Ince has already been fined £3,000 this season for comments he made about the referee following last month’s Capital One Cup defeat at Preston.

A ground ban for the manager would come as a huge blow for the Seasiders after they enjoyed their best ever start to a league season.

Despite Tuesday’s first defeat at Millwall, Pool still lie third in the Championship. They are level with Leicester, who visit Bloomfield Road on Saturday, and a point behind new leaders QPR.

Blackpool can feel hard done by, having been on the receiving end of poor referees’ decisions in their last two games.

The second yellow card which saw full-back Jack Robinson sent off at Bournemouth was harsh to say the least, then a soft penalty was awarded against Isaiah Osbourne for handball when Pool were leading at Millwall.

Ince and Rae have until 6pm this evening to respond to the charges, which they are expected to contest. The Pool boss hasn’t spoken to the media for a week and declined to comment yesterday.