Reds official sacked after club fine

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BARNSLEY have fired a club official after remarks he made on their official website caused them to be fined £1,000 by the Football Association for “improper conduct”.

The dismissal follows comments made by the club’s press officer Rob Knowles about referee Peter Quinn in the club’s away clash with Hull City on Saturday January 15.

Mr Knowles published comments that called into question the integrity of Cleveland official Quinn.

“I can confirm he [Rob Knowles] has been dismissed with immediate affect,” Reds director Don Rowing told The Star. “But that dismissal could be subject to an appeal.”

Mr Knowles has worked for the club for nearly 10 years and The Star now understands he is seeking further legal representation regarding an appeal over his sacking.

Reds midfielder Nathan Doyle has been ruled out of Saturday’s home clash with Norwich City having picked up a bad calf strain in Tuesday night’s thrilling 3-3 Yorkshire derby draw

The former Hull City player was replaced by Jim O’Brien at half-time having been unable to play any further part in the match.

Chelsea loan midfielder Jacob Mellis is struggling with a tight hamstring, but is expected to recover in time for the weekend’s visit of the Canaries to Oakwell.

Former Birmingham City striker Gary O’Connor is also nursing a bruised ankle, but the Scottish international is expected to be fit.

Robins was pleased with the way O’Connor responded to being dropped to the bench against Portsmouth last Saturday. He was recalled against Leeds and Robins said: “He worked a lot harder you could see that,” said Robins. “His work rate was excellent, and he was very unselfish.

“He’s been a bit unlucky of late, but the goals will come.At least we created lots of chances at Leeds though. There were enough to have won the game - and maybe with a bit of better judgement in front of goal we would have scored more than three.”