doncaster Rovers’ chairman John Ryan will contest a Football Association misconduct charge brought against him following his comments about referee Mick Russell in the aftermath of the defeat by Portsmouth at the Keepmoat Stadium earlier this month.
A number of decisions went against Rovers, who surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose a dramatic game 4-3 in stoppage time, sealing their relegation from the Championship in the process.
Ryan has requested a personal hearing to contest the charge, which relates to an interview broadcast by Sky Sports and stories published on various media websites.
“I thought the officials were an absolute disgrace,” he said after the match.
“I thought it was a clear handball for the third goal and a clear handball for the fourth goal. The first penalty I thought was outside the box. I’m absolutely sickened to the core about the standard of refereeing.”
But in a statement released by Doncaster today, Ryan said: “How can you be charged for telling the truth?
“I have even had Portsmouth fans complimenting me on my stance and everyone in the electronic media came down on the side of Doncaster Rovers in this match.”