The Football Association have confirmed that Yeovil Town manager Darren Way was given a yellow card after the final whistle of the New Year's Day fixture against Cheltenham Town. Although it went unreported at the time, a number of fans spotted Way involved in a post-match conversation with referee Trevor Kettle, and that a card was raised, presumably for dissent.
Way said in his post-match interview that he believed there had been a short pull on Sessi D'Almeida in the lead-up to Cheltenham's first goal, whilst he disputed Kettle's first half decision to issue a yellow card to Francois Zoko for diving, believing that the match official should have awarded his side a penalty. However, with both incidents having taken place before the break, it's not clear why he was still aggrieved with the referee on the final whistle.
The caution won't provide an immediate sanction, but like yellow cards for players it will count towards a running total. Way was also given a yellow card during the August 2018 match at Notts County. If he accumulates four between now and the end of the season, then he'll be given an automatic one match suspension.
The new procedures were brought in for the start of the 2018-19 season, with what are described as Stage 1 Warnings issued to non-playing club officials for misdemeanours that occur in and around the dugout area that fall short of something that would warrant an instant dismissal. Inappropriate language, gestures, appealing for a player to be given a card, or kicking/throwing objects such as water bottles are listed in the FA guidance as warranting the sanction. It will come as no surprise to find that managerial motormouth Steve Evans, currently employed by Peterborough United, became the first person to reach the four-game threshold since the rule change.
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