Reds’ anger over fine for web blast at ref

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BARNSLEY Football Club have been fined £1,000 by the Football Association for “Improper Conduct”.

The charge relates to comments the club’s press officer Rob Knowles - who is still suspended - made about referee Peter Quinn after the club’s away clash with Hull City on Saturday January 15.

Knowles published comments on the club’s official website that called into question the integrity of Cleveland official Quinn.

Speaking exclusively to The Star, Reds director Don Rowing believes the club have been “singled out” for punishment by the FA.

“We’ve been fined £1,000 by the FA and we’re very disappointed with the outcome. We appear to have been singled out and we don’t really understand why,” he said,.

“We responded in the right way and understand as a football club we have to abide by certain regulations and rules.

“But we made our points to the FA and I think they minimised our punishment because of that, but yet we’ve still been punished [for the comments].”

Referee Quinn awarded a controversial penalty to Hull and sent off Barnsley defender Stephen Foster, before also dismissing club skipper and fellow centre-back Jason Shackell in the 90th minute at the KC Stadium.

Hull won the game 2-0 with a goal resulting from the penalty awarded to the home side and another second half goal.

The comments made by Knowles were removed from the club’s official website and he has been suspended from work for two weeks.

Rowing added: “We’ve got two weeks to pay the fine, which we will do, and then we’ll move on from this.”

Rowing confirmed Knowles is still suspended from a position he has held since 2001 and it is believed that he could face a disciplinary meeting later this week.

Knowles was unavailable for comment yesterday, but he has been fined £200 for his remarks and is still waiting to see if he will face disciplinary action.