26th Jan, 2007 :: by
Predictably, Leeds United boss Dennis Wise has been charged with improper conduct by the FA, following his actions at the the game against West
Bromwich Albion at Elland Road last Saturday.
Although not red carded by the referee Wise did take himself off into
the stands immediately after pushing WBA striker Diomansy
the blustering referee raced over to the, now empty, Leeds technical
area and pointed to the stands, to no one in particular. Obviously
feeling upstaged and not a little ridiculous, the referee included
the incident in his official report.
Kamara incurred the wrath of Wise by sauntering off in the final
minute off the game - an act of inflammatory gamesmanship, often
employed by selfish 'professional players', which should immediately
bring forth a yellow card for time-wasting. However, on this
occasion it was left to Dennis Wise to do the referee's
job by indicating to Kamara that he was spoiling an exciting end to
a finely balanced game by indulging in a bit of spotlight hogging.
How? By a little push and a few choice words.
Dennis is quoted on
the official Leeds United website as saying,
felt it was harsh and I am considering an appeal."
Dennis has until has until February 9 to lodge an answer to the
charges. An idea of his answer can be gleaned from his statement
after the game:
took his time and unfortunately I pushed him off the pitch to get
him off. I'd had enough of him, to be honest. Making gestures to
the crowd. I was quite pleased he'd gone off because everyone was
fed up with him."
fair outcome would be a warning to Wise and an instruction to weak
referees, from the FA, that players dawdling off the pitch at the
end of matches during artificial, time-wasting substitutions will
immediately receive a yellow card.
Is the FA right to charge Wise was pushing a time-wasting
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