Paul Ince says his son Tom has to learn his lesson after deciding not to contest the FA charge which will see Blackpool’s star player banned for their next two games.
Ince junior was spotted on a video replay making an obscene gesture to a match official during Monday’s Capital One Cup defeat at Preston.
Pool decided against appealing the decision, and the two-match ban was confirmed last night which will see Ince miss tomorrow’s home clash with Barnsley and the trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday week. Manager Ince said: “I’ve told Thomas it’s not acceptable. He has to understand he’s in the limelight now.
“Yes, he’s a young kid and maybe he got a little bit excited with the occasion.
“I’ve told him that when everyone is talking about him he will have the cameras on him. People are looking to get to him.
“He has to conduct himself in the right way. Being a good player is not just about playing football, it’s about how you act.
“It was very unlike him. I haven’t seen the gesture but that’s not the way he should behave.”
Appealing the decision could have seen the ban increased, and after talking to the player and analysing the footage Pool decided not to take that risk.
It means the Seasiders will have to do without their two key players – fellow winger Matt Phillips will be out with a broken arm for another month.
Ince added: “It’s a blow as we’ve lost one of our best players. With Matty Phillips being out too, it is not very good.”
While Ince was critical of his son, he also insisted the incident was totally out of character for the 21-year-old.
“He’s disappointed with it all,” said Ince. “Anyone who thinks Thomas is a bit flash because he is doing well couldn’t be more wrong.
“He’s a good kid, one of the most grounded kids you’ll meet, so he’s disappointed in what he’s done. It won’t happen again, that’s for sure.”
It’s the first time the player has found himself the subject of negative headlines at Blackpool after a fantastic season which saw him fire 18 goals.
And his father thinks this is just another step in his football education.
He said: “This is a big lesson for Thomas. I’ve spoken to him, not just as a manager to a player but as a father to a son.
“I’ve brought him up to be a good kid and conduct himself in the right way.
“99.99 per cent of the time he acts in the right way.
“He’s a very level-headed lad.
“Thomas reacted and I’ve told him you can’t do that.
“People will start to think they can wind him up, which they can’t.”