Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Is Football in Danger of Losing All Control? Fast-Track System Is Still Struggling to Cope with Clashes on and off Pitch

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Is Football in Danger of Losing All Control? Fast-Track System Is Still Struggling to Cope with Clashes on and off Pitch

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Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY

IT HAS become almost as big a ritual of football as the matches themselves.

After the final whistle, apoplectic managers, usually live on television, vent their fury at what they perceived to be the decisions that cost their team the game.

Inevitably, within weeks - it used to be longer before the Football Association introduced a new fast-track disciplinary system - they are marched off to Soho Square to explain their outbursts.

Over the next fortnight, some of the Premiership's most high-profile managers will literally be passing one another in the corridors of the FA headquarters.

Graeme Soune s s, Steve McClaren and Arsene Wenger (right) all have appointments with the FA disciplinary commission. All three must answer charges of improper conduct.

And they are not alone among the managerial elite to be charged with disciplinary offences this season.

Chris Coleman was fined [pounds sterling]500 and warned to his future conduct for comments he made about referee Mark Halsey in September and, a month later, Kevin Keegan was reprimanded and fined [pounds sterling]8,500 for abusing referee Steve Dunn.

It is usually players who are criticised for boorish behaviour.

But are they taking the lead from the very figures who should be setting an example?

Research by Standard Sport can reveal that 38 disciplinary cases were brought before the FA last season. Of these, 32 involved players and six were for managers.

With more than six months to go this season, there have already been 18 disciplinary cases - comprising 11 players, five managers, one club and one referee! Andy D'Urso was found 'less than proficient applying the laws of the game' during Blackburn's match at Southampton.

He booked Barry Ferguson for a second time but failed to send him off and was suspended from the Premiership list for 28 days.

All these misdemeanours beg the question: is this due to an outbreak of lawlessness in the dugout or are the FA b e c om i n g more draconian?

The FA say that their disciplinary system is quicker and more efficient this season following what critics would say was a much-needed review of their procedures. …

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