Rotherham United: FA make Millers boss Steve Evans wait over complaint at Crawley Town

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ROTHERHAM UNITED boss Steve Evans is set to hear early next week the FA decision arising from a hearing into a complaint made when he was manager at Crawley Town.

Evans appeared before the FA on Wednesday when he pleaded not guilty to the charges which arose out of Crawley’s controversial game at Bradford City last March.

The FA did not formally charge Evans until on June 19 under rule E3, which denotes: Abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a participant, which included a reference to gender.

An investigation was launched after a female steward at Valley Parade, understood to have been operating outside the dressing room area after the game, made a complaint about indecent behaviour.

This is understood to have been vehemently denied by Evans throughout.

He formally denied the charge and requested a personal hearing.

This was originally set for July but Evans was taken ill and so the hearing before a three-man disciplinary panel was adjourned until this week.

A decision from the FA was expected by this weekend but is now understood to have been delayed until early next week.

The game had seen players from both Bradford and Crawley involved in a mass brawl at the final whistle and, in all, five players were shown a red card and lengthy suspensions were imposed.

A couple of weeks later, Evans left Crawley and joined Rotherham. At the time he joined the Millers, he is understood to have been unaware of any possible personal charge arising from the events of March 27.

Evans led his side to the Potteries today to take on Micky Adams’s Port Vale.

“It’s been carnage off the field at that club and I feel sorry for Micky with what’s gone off,” said Evans.

“But on the field I know we are in for a tough game, we know what Micky’s teams will play like.”

Vale are set to include winger Ashley Vincent who might have joined Rotherham.

He was a teammate of Kayode Odejayi at Colchester last season and travelled to Rotherham for talks in the summer but elected not to sign and join Vale instead.

Evans could go with Nicky Hunt at right back. He played 65 minutes for the reserves after being out for the past five weeks. New defender Craig Morgan will be in the squad.