WEDNESDAY chairman Milan Mandaric is ready to fund a fine if Gary Megson is charged with misconduct by the Football Association and punished after his sending-off at Wycombe on Saturday.
Mandaric watched as his manager was dismissed from the dug-out to the players’ tunnel by Staffordshire referee Chris Sarginson in stoppage time.
Megson told The Star that Mandaric had declared that if there is a fine ‘I’ll pick that up’ and the Owls manager indicated that that his chairman disagreed with the decision.
Megson also said the offer of payment was a “really good” gesture from the chairman.
The team boss thinks he was sent off for a combination of reasons: repeatedly leaving the technical area, swearing, and reacting angrily after Rob Jones was forced to receive attention for a facial cut and told to change his shirt at the pitchside when Wycombe were attacking.
It cost Megson £3,000 in fines after he was sent off at Dagenham last season for the language he used in protesting about a penalty decision: he was also charged for comments to the media in which he questioned the integrity of the referee.
Last week he refused to strongly criticise the referee who sent off Gary Madine, saying it would cost him more than £3,000 if he got into trouble again. After Saturday’s affair, he remarked: “I don’t want to pre-empt anything. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Megson also said: “I’m the same person that was working in the Premier League in the same away; the referees at that level seem a lot more forgiving. The [technical area] line I’m supposed to go up to is only two feet from the one I’m not supposed to go up to. I defy anybody during the course of a game not to get mixed up. I do apologise.
“Then swearing; everybody swears but just got the hump over the shirt because I needed to get Rob Jones on the pitch. It seems to be a catalogue of things.
“I thought the referee was ok. It’s not his fault, It’s a stupid rule. I get involved in the game. You all know what I’m like, I’m not bitching at referees, I’m not slagging players off, I never tell anybody to injure anybody else.
“It’s all encouragement and trying to organise.”
An announcement is expected from the FA about the next step in the Madine case: he was given until 6pm last Friday to respond to a charge of improper conduct, which arose from him confronting the referee after he was shown the red card at Carlisle.