DONCASTER ROVERS: John Ryan contests FA charge

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DONCASTER Rovers’ chairman John Ryan will contest a FA misconduct charge against him following his comments about referee Mick Russell after the defeat by Portsmouth at the Keepmoat Stadium on April 14.

A number of decisions went against Rovers, who surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 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.”

But in a statement released by Rovers yesterday, Ryan said: “How can you be charged for telling the truth?

“I have even had Portsmouth fans agreeing with me and everyone in the electronic media came down on the side of Rovers in this match.”