Ince slams ‘ridiculous’ FA charge

Blackpool manager Paul Ince
Blackpool manager Paul Ince
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Paul Ince has described his FA charge as “ridiculous” and again slammed the referee over his handling of Blackpool’s derby defeat at Preston.

The Pool boss has until 6pm today to decide whether to appeal the charge that he ‘called into question the integrity of the match referee, and/or implied that the match referee was motivated by bias, and/or brought the game into disrepute’.

Ince described referee Andrew Madley‎ as a “homer” after he missed a pull on Craig Cathcart’s shirt in the run-up to Tom Clarke’s 87th-minute winner in the Capital One Cup tie at Deepdale.

But despite having a week to calm down and facing the possibility of a touchline ban, Ince’s opinions haven’t changed. “To get done for saying what I said is ridiculous,” he told The Gazette.

“I’m annoyed as the goal Preston scored against us wasn’t just one mistake (by the officials). There should have been a foul against Jack Robinson, then he gave a foul from MacKenzie, then there was a pull on Cathcart’s shirt.

“It was an accumulation of three incidents.

“I said he was a homer and biased. I don’t want to say too much, but when a referee makes two or three mistakes in a row like that it makes you wonder.”

Ince’s charge came after his son Tom was banned for two matches for making an offensive gesture towards an official in the same tie. And after the second FA charge followed, the manager said: “I was gutted. I thought, ‘What’s all that about?’

“I had slaughtered Thomas to The Gazette the day before and then next minute I’m getting a letter. I think it’s poor from the FA.”

Ince went to speak to referee Madley after the game and was furious with the official’s attitude. Pool have reviewed footage of incidents of the game, which they say backs up Ince’s claims.

Ince has also brushed up on his terminology, adding: “I thought the referee was incompetent. I can say that word – I have checked!

“The Respect campaign works both ways. When I went to see him after the game, the referee was sitting with his feet on the table eating an apple. It’s not right but I am taking it on the chin. I have to learn to keep my mouth shut.”