Ince handed extension while Grant is cleared

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Blackpool have been given an extension to respond to FA charges against Paul Ince.

The Pool boss now has until 5pm this evening to enter his plea following a tunnel incident following the 2-1 win at Bournemouth last week.

Ince has been charged with using abusive and/or insulting words towards a Match Official, violent conduct towards a Match Official and using threatening words.

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.

Ince was made aware of the charges ahead of Tuesday night’s game at Millwall but asked for an extension to last night’s 6pm deadline due to the game and travelling involved.

Should he chose to request a personal hearing the charge hang over him for a number of weeks.

If found guilty he could get anything from a simple fine to being banned from attending the stadium on the days of Blackpool games.

Either way, he’s expected to be in the dugout as usual for tomorrow’s visit of Leicester City.

He’s declined to speak to the press since the incident and didn’t hold his usual press conference yesterday.

Better news for Pool is that Bobby Grant has been cleared of allegations he racially abused a black opponent during his time at Rochdale.

The jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court yesterday found unanimously in favour of Grant who said Dagenham and Redbridge defender Gavin Hoyte “misunderstood” him when he threw an insult after the player trod on his toe during a league game.