‘Some of the things are completely wrong,’ says Ince on FA hearing

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Paul Ince today described parts of the Football Association’s report into claims he assaulted a match official in an expletive-laden rant as “completely wrong”.

The Blackpool boss starts his five match stadium ban this weekend when Wigan are the visitors to Bloomfield Road.

Almost two weeks after the Wembley hearing, the FA yesterday released the notes from the seven-hour hearing.

Ince is accused of violently shoving” the fourth official in an explosive altercation following Blackpool’s 2-1 win against Bournemouth last month.

Despite admitting he was in the wrong with some of his actions that afternoon, Ince insists there were inaccuracies in the FA’s report.

“I will always say it how it is,” he said.

“If I had said something then I’d have held my hands up that I did.

“Some of the stuff I admitted on the day and said they were right.

“But some of the things are completely wrong.”

Ince’s full testimony from the hearing has been made public, making public his side of the story.

It read: “Mr Pottage (the fourth official), in a confrontation tone announced from behind me that he was ‘here’, and I turned around planning to ask Mr Pottage for an explanation.

“As I turned around, Mr Pottage stepped forward and was ‘fronting me up’ in my face.

“I felt intimidated, so I instinctively pushed him away.

“The push was not aggressive – only enough to move him from where I was, in order to avoid a real possibility of a one to one confrontation, however, I know I should not have pushed him and I wholeheartedly apologise.

“ I should have handled the situation better, even under the provocation outlined above.

“As I was being escorted by the stewards, I shouted a number of words in the direction of the fourth official.

“I would also deny that I threatened to knock anyone out.

“I will accept that I probably used a number of swear words and non-complimentary phrases.

“I have via my club 
secretary apologised to the officials concerned for my behaviour.”

Ince also ‘categorically’ denied using a four-letter expletive saying “It is not a word I have ever used no matter what the incident.

”Everyone who knows me will vouch that it is a word I do not use nor accept being used by any of my players, staff or friends.”

Ince spoke to The Gazette yesterday for the first time since being charged with the incident last month.

And he took the opportunity to ensure supporters the incident was a one-off.

He said: “I have said I’m sorry and that it won’t happen again, and it won’t.

“But it won’t take the passion away from me.

“When I look at the whole thing, it could easily have been prevented.

“The sending off was the start of it.

“But it doesn’t take away from what I did.

“I have to learn to bite my lip sometimes, and that goes for everyone.

“It’s done now and I’m glad it’s out the way.

“It dragged on too long, that was the most disappointing thing.

“I apologised at the time and I apologised to my players and staff.

“As a manager you want to be out there as a manager.

“It’s gone now, and I have to take it on the chin.”

The Gazette have teamed up with Radio Wave to produce 10,000 Ince masks which will be handed out before tomorrow’s game against Wigan.

We’ll be asking for a small charity donation with all proceeds being split between The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes appeal – which is raising funds for Trinity and Brian House – and Variety: A Children’s Charity.