Courtenay faces FA inquiry

By Mark Buckingham   Subscribe to RSS Feed

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CARLISLE UNITED chairman John Courtenay could be hit with a disrepute charge by the Football Association.

Courtenay was involved in an altercation with stewards towards the end of Carlisle's fiery clash with Lincoln City on Saturday.

The Cumbrians' chief was joined in the scuffle by striker Richie Foran, who was one of three Carlisle players sent off in their 1-0 victory.

Courtenay revealed the scuffle occurred after he and Foran were ejected from the directors' box after the Irish marksman spat on the floor and went to watch the closing moments of the match from the players' tunnel.

The incident ended with several people on the floor but Courtenay believes the stewards were heavy-handed and hinted he would report one to the police for an assault on Foran.

"We were by the dressing room but the steward said we couldn't watch the game and had to go inside," Courtenay told The Sun.

"He was a big bloke and there were about six or eight others with him. They looked more like bouncers than stewards.

"We refused to go inside because we wanted to watch the match and then this steward grabbed my player and tried to push him through the changing-room door.

"I wasn't having that so I went in to get the guy off my player and three or four more piled in. It ended up with people in a heap on the floor.

"They were over-reacting just because they lost the game and they were morons for telling us to leave the box.

"If they want to report us then I will most certainly be talking to the police about the way the steward went for my player."

The FA are now expected to investigate the incident after Lincoln chairman Rob Bradley confirmed The Imps would report the matter.

Bradley said: "The referee's assessor has told us he will be sending a report to the FA on what happened in the directors' box and on the incident with the stewards."

Meanwhile, The Cumbrians will be without midfielder Ryan Baldaccino for a couple of weeks after picking up a hamstring injury in the win against The Red Imps.


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