Sunday 19 January 2020

FA moves to fine clubs for melee

Carl Fletcher has been sacked
Carl Fletcher has been sacked

Cardiff and Birmingham have been fined by the Football Association for failing to control their players during the recent Championship clash between the clubs.

Cardiff were fined £5,000 and Birmingham £7,500 after both clubs admitted the charge. Cardiff accepted the standard penalty and Birmingham requested a hearing.

The sanctions relate to an incident that occurred towards the end of the match at the Cardiff City Stadium on November 2.

Birmingham defender Harlee Dean was shown a red card in the third minute of added time for elbowing Joe Ralls, who scored a hat-trick in Cardiff's 4-2 victory, in an aerial duel.

Blues' appeal to overturn the sending-off was unsuccessful, with Dean currently serving a three-match suspension.

Following the clash, a melee ensued involving the two sets of players. Earlier in the game, Cardiff striker Danny Ward was also sent off.

Meanwhile, Carl Fletcher has been sacked as manager of Leyton Orient after just 29 days in charge. The 39-year-old, who had signed a two-year contract at Brisbane Road, failed to win any of his five matches and leaves the O's 16th in League Two.

Ross Embleton, who had been interim boss following the death of Justin Edinburgh in June, will take control of the first team once again, assisted by Danny Webb and Jobi McAnuff.

Orient chairman Nigel Travis said: "It's unfortunate for the club that we have parted company with Carl after such a short time, particularly as we are a club that tries to preserve stability.

"However, we felt this was in the best interests of all parties and we thank him for his hard work and wish him every success in the future."

Elsewhere, Macclesfield's problems continue to mount up after they were charged with misconduct over the non-payment of players.

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