Ince on new FA charge and injury latest

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Blackpool have received yet another FA charge and won’t be appealing the decision, which means a further fine.

Both the Seasiders and Blackburn have been charged with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the fiery 2-2 draw at Bloomfield Road last Saturday.

Both have until Monday to appeal but The Gazette understands Pool will not do so.

Players from both clubs were involved in a huge melee in the 85th minute, sparked by DJ Campbell’s challenge on Seasiders goalkeeper Matt Gilks. Pool defender Jack Robinson was sent off along with Campbell following the incident

While Ince believes his players were showing their spirit, he can understand the FA’s action.

“It wasn’t me this time, thankfully,” said Ince, himself in the middle of a five-match stadium ban. “I understand the charge but I don’t think it was a 20-man brawl – it was more handbags.”

And Ince feels the finger of blame should be pointed firmly at former Blackpool striker Campbell, adding: “In this case I think you have to look at what starts the whole thing off.

“DJ Campbell has gone for the ball. He thought he could win it and I totally accept that.

“But to try to headbutt Gary MacKenzie – you don’t do it.

“That initiated the whole thing and caused us to lose control a bit.

“The spirit of the lads in the team was that they wanted to protect each other.

“I’m not going to start talking about the FA. I’m more interested about how I’ll get a win on Saturday.”

Pool go into tomorrow’s game at Nottingham Forest with five key players injured.

Chris Basham is the latest casualty joining Barry Ferguson (ankle), Nathan Delfouneso (knee), Craig Cathcart (knee) and Isaiah Osbourne (ankle) on the treatment table.

Versatile midfielder Basham was due to see a specialist in Manchester last night after failing to shake off an ankle injury picked up against Blackburn.

Ince said: “Bash just battled through the pain barrier. That’s the sort of bloke he is but he is likely to be out for two to three weeks.”