Oxford United boss Karl Robinson banned from the touchline for League One play-off semi-finals against Blackpool

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson will have to watch his side's play-off semi-final games against Blackpool from the stands.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 11:36 am
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 12:04 pm

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It comes after Robinson was hit with a four-match touchline ban for his involvement in an altercation during Oxford s game at Sunderland on Good Friday.

He served the first game during Oxford's 4-0 win against Burton Albion yesterday, which secured their place in the play-offs.

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Oxford's head coach has also been hit with a £4,500 fine.

Robinson attended an FA hearing over Zoom on Wednesday afternoon after he received a second charge following his role in the fiery fixture at the Stadium of Light, which the U's lost 3-1.

Players and staff clashed in the tunnel at half-time and full-time, with Robinson claiming goalkeeper Jack Stevens was headbutted during the interval.

The FA last month charged the U’s boss and Sunderland assistant manager Jamie McAllister - who has also been fined £3,000 - with alleged ‘improper and/or violent conduct’ in the tunnel area at full-time and half-time respectively.

Oxford boss Karl Robinson

Oxford were fined £7,000 after admitting failing to control their players during the ill-tempered fixture, while Sunderland denied the same charge but were found guilty by the commission and fined £6,250.

“It’s something we always knew was coming, I’ve got no remorse for what I’ve done," Robinson told The Oxford Mail.

"I’ve got a duty of care to stand up for anyone who wears our badge, it’s how I’ve been brought up.

“The panel were quite fair, they were quite clear with the situation with the video footage. I think the FA showed me a bit of respect.”

Both clubs were also charged with a breach of FA Rule E20 for allegedly failing to ensure that their ‘players and/or club officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour in or around the tunnel at half-time and full-time’.

Oxford confirmed they had also been fined.

Robinson's ban will cover Oxford's play-off campaign if they reached the final.

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