No point Rowing with the FA over Oakwell disturbance

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BARNSLEY director Don Rowing says the club will probably “have to swallow” a £5,000 fine after being charged by the FA for failing to control their players against Leicester City last Saturday.

BARNSLEY director Don Rowing says the club will probably “have to swallow” a £5,000 fine after being charged by the FA for failing to control their players against Leicester City last Saturday.

Rowing is “deeply disappointed” by the decision to charge the club after a melee broke out between players.

The charge relates to “a failure to ensure players conduct themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrain from provocative behaviour.”

A statement on The FA website confirmed “Barnsley and Leicester City have been charged with failing to control players on Saturday’s fixture at Oakwell both clubs have until 19 Sept to respond to the charge.”

But Rowing told The Star: “We’ve been there before and it’s difficult to appeal against a decision because you risk of the fine being bigger. I’m deeply disappointed because we felt as though the referee [David Webb] sorted the incident out on the pitch and it didn’t create any problems with the crowd.

“We are considering an appeal and spoken to Leicester, but it does look as if we’re going to have to swallow the fine.

“It’s far from ideal, but there’s not much we can do. It’s hard to disprove there was a gathering of players which is deemed as a melee.

“Football is a very emotive game and a lot of things during a match are reactive, so I don’t think these charges are helping much. But we’re always professional, we’ll probably have to accept the charge and move on.”

Reds striker Andy Gray was booked following the incident after went headt o head with Richie Wellens seconds after the hosts had won a free-kick.

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