FA probe Bristol bust-up
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The FA are to launch an investigation into a fracas at Ashton Gate at the weekend.The Football Association are set to launch an investigation into a fracas at Ashton Gate that left Tony Butler with eight displaced teeth and Clive Platt needing three stitches to a hand wound.
Bristol City defender Butler was rushed to a dental surgery on Saturday evening, after an incident that occurred at half time of the weekend clash with Peterborough.
Butler has since confirmed that he will not be making a police complaint but The FA are to investigate the unsavoury episode.
''We are aware of an incident that took place in the tunnel and will await the referee's report on Tuesday,'' said FA spokesman Andrin Cooper.
''The referee's report is always the first port of call and if, as it seems, an extraordinary incident did occur, then the incident will be investigated further.''
Robins boss Brian Tinnion has spoken of his anger that such an incident occurred and went on to question Platt's involvement.
''I have been in the game for 22 years and have never seen anything as bad as this. Tony had to go to hospital on Saturday to repair his teeth,'' seethed Tinnion.
''Why Peterborough substituted Platt you will have to ask them, but if this sort of thing happened in the street, serious questions would be asked.
''We will be making a full statement in the next few days.''
Posh boss Barry Fry admits he will be holding an inquiry of his own but insists he saw none of what happened in the tunnel.
''I didn't see the incident as I was way behind the players at half time so I can't really comment,'' confirmed Fry.
''I spoke with Brian Tinnion and Tony Butler but that conversation is between myself and them.
''I will be holding an inquiry to see what went on.''