Halifax Town manager Chris Wilder has been charged by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute following remarks he made to match referee Gary Mellor following his side's 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Yeovil Town.
Wilder allegedly used foul and abusive language towards Mellor at the end of a match that saw a sensational last minute Kevin Gall hat-trick winner.
Wilder was apparently incensed by a decision that led to Halifax Town player Mark Monington being sent off five minutes before the end of the game. The manager at The Shay also claims that Mellor turned down a penalty appeal when striker Brian Quailey took a tumble under pressure from Chris Weale. Bizarrely, Wilder plans to use an inconclusive still photograph of the penalty appeal from the Halifax Evening Courier as mitigation for his charges, to which he will plead guilty.
"The inconsistencies throughout the season have been frustrating," Wilder told the Courier. "And against Yeovil not only did we lose, but we had Mark Monington sent off and that means we will lose an influential player for one match."
The Shaymen currently have the worst disciplinary record in the whole of the Conference, having received no less than ten red cards in the Nationwide Conference this season. That includes Lee Butler's extraordinary dismissal against the Glovers at The Avenue, Dorchester, as part of Yeovil's 3-0 September win over Halifax that saw the goalkeeper start a punch-up AFTER he had been dismissed for a professional foul. That alone brought the keeper a six match ban for his actions.
The Shaymen are likely to face a further rap from the FA once the season is over, as they already have a suspended fine hanging over them for their indiscipline as part of the 2001/02 season.
However, Wilder need not worry just yet. The FA have still yet to deal with Stevenage Borough manager Graham Westley, then manager of Farnborough Town for his disgraceful behaviour after getting his marching orders during a 2-1 win for the Glovers at The Avenue. Despite the match taking place on September 3rd 2002, the hearing for Westley has still not taken place.
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