BARNSLEY have accepted a £5,000 fine from the Football Association for failing to control their players at home to Leicester City 12 days ago.
The Reds had the option to appeal against the FA charge of failing to ensure players conduct themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrain from provocative behaviour – after a small melee broke out between both sets of players in the second half of the 1-1 draw between the two clubs at Oakwell on Saturday September 10. But following discussions with Leicester City, both clubs have decided to pay the fine and move on.
“We’re going to pay the fine, it’s the sensible thing to do,” Reds director Don Rowing told The Star.
“If we appealed we risked the fine being a lot more, so we’ve decided to pay the £5,000 and get on with our season.
“Leicester are going to do the same. We’ve got a fortnight to pay the fine, so that’s what we’re going to do.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t deny that there was a melee with a few players involved, although the referee [David Webb] sorted out the incident on the pitch and it didn’t lead to any problems with the crowd.”
Last season the Reds accepted a £10,000 FA fine for a similar offence after a dugout fracas at Middlesbrough.
Reds’ boss Keith Hill is hopeful this week will see the return of his some of his injured players.
Defender Rob Edwards and winger Matt Done are both out with hamstring injuries, while midfielder Miles Addison is still recovering from an ankle injury.
Serbian midfielder Goran Lovre is nursing a groin injury, defender Luke Potter has only just returned to first-team training after his second medial knee operation during the summer and, having injured himself in Saturday’s warm-up against Watford, striker Danny Haynes has joined the list of casualties with a hamstring injury which would see him sidelined between 2-4 weeks.