Owls coach fights FA charge

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WEDNESDAY goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes has denied an FA charge of misconduct.

It arose from the Owls’ match at Yeovil where they were hit by a controversial goal.

Gary Megson, his staff and players were angered when, after a stoppage. Yeovil were supposed to allow Wednesday to regain possession.

But Kieran Agard broke an unwritten rule by running away to score, and Yeovil refused to give the Owls a goal to make up for it.

The FA have refused to comment on the reason for the charge against Rhodes but The Star understands that it relates to an issue involving the fourth official. There has been no comment from Hillsborough, nor can there be as the case is sub-judice.

The FA announced the charge last Friday and said that Rhodes had until Monday to respond to it.

An FA spokesman told The Star that he has denied the charge and asked for a “non-personal hearing”, which means his evidence being considered without him being present when a disciplinary commission considers the case.

There was acrimony between the clubs at Huish Park. Wednesday surrounded the home dugout as well as the referee, and after the game Glovers manager Terry Skiverton claimed that abuse from Jose Semedo lay behind his decision not to give the Owls a goal.

Four players have been shortlisted for the Owls’ Player of the Month award: Gary Madine, Jose Semedo, Ben Marshall and Lewis Buxton. Madine scored six goals during September as the Owls picked up 10 points.