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DEARDEN, DERRY, INCE REACTION
3rd October 2007 19:26


FA probe aftermath of Stags defeat
CHAD.co.uk, By Tim Morriss, 03 Oct 2007
STAGS chairman James Derry, players and the club may all face a punishment for incidents at the end of Tuesday night's controversial match with MK Dons.
At the final whistle several players confronted referee Darren Drysdale over his handling of the 2-1 defeat – and the referee then twice refused to speak to Mr Derry before pushing him away.

This afternoon the Football Association revealed to Chad that the mayhem after the match, which left the Stags still at the bottom of the Football League, has been included in the Lincolnshire official's report.

A spokesman told Chad: "The FA's Regulatory Department will now consider the report and any video evidence before deciding whether or not to take this any further.

"The referee has mentioned the conduct of certain people as he left the field and we are looking into this."

The players, chairman and club could be charged over any alleged improper conduct and hauled before an FA Commission.

Mr Derry was praised by many fans after the game for his 'passion and commitment to the club', after he went pitchside to praise the players for their efforts in a thrilling match and then wanted to speak to the referee.

This afternoon he told Chad: "I just want to talk to the referee to ask him why he had not sent off one of their players during a fracas when Micky Boulding was pulled down.

"I was also conscious that things were getting a little heated and wanted to try to calm the situation down.

"But when I approached him and said 'Can I . . .' he just stopped me, said 'How dare you'? Then he pushed me away.

"I didn't say anything to him in the end because he wouldn't let me.

"I suspect he was disappointed with his performance."

The club has already said it would be making an official complaint over Mr Drysdale's handling of the match, which saw him deny the home side a clear penalty and also allow MK Dons' controversial equaliser to stand – despite appeals for a foul on substitute keeper Jason White and the fact that Stags' players insist the ball did not cross the goal line.

And the referee himself could face further action once the referee's assessor's report is studied by the Football League.

Mr Drysdale is no stranger to controversy. Earlier this year veteran striker Dean Windass was given a five-match ban for swearing at the official in a car park after a game at Bradford.
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Audio interview with Paul Ince from BBC Three Counties Radio (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/threecounties/realmedia/2007/10/ince_03.ram

Ince - "If they keep playing the way they're playing, they'll be ok".
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Stags to complain over referee
CHAD.co.uk
By John Lomas
Mansfield Town chairman James Derry said the club would be making an official complaint about referee Darren Drysdale after the Lincolnshire official's dreadful display became the main talking point after Stags' unlucky 2-1 home defeat by leaders Milton Keynes Dons on Tuesday night.
Mr Derry and several players confronted Mr Drysdale at the end of a night in which he let the visitors get away with a very physical approach and gave the home side almost nothing, including a cast iron penalty.

There was also an argument if the Dons' equalise actually crossed the goalline.

Mr Derry said: "The football club will be making an official complaint to the Football League, that was the worst performance by a referee I have ever seen."

Stags boss Billy Dearden added: "Obviously I have to be careful about what I say but in all my 45 years' career in the game, that was the worst refereeing display I have ever seen.
"That's not sour grapes as he was poor for both sides.

"By all accounts the ball did not cross the line for their first goal, even their sub said it didn't go in.

"Then the referee didn't give what was a clear penalty on Mickey Boulding. He said it was because he didn't go down which is a load of rubbish.

"I thought we played very well and deserved to win it, let alone draw, against a very strong team.

"We had more injuries, losing out keeper and captain and then just caught by that second goal.

"The crowd were brilliant. They booed us off on Saturday and clapped us off tonight. We lost both but the difference is that we gave it everything tonight."

Dons boss Paul Ince was a relived man as his table-topping side came from behind with two goals in the last 18 minutes to snatch the win.

But he sympathised with Mansfield, even if he didn't agree with their complaints.

"I know from my time a Macclesfield last season that when you are near the bottom nothing seems to go for you.

"Mansfield were not happy with the referee. But it happens.

"When you are down there you think decisions are not going for you and the crowd think the same.

"The referee has to be strong and tonight I though he was strong.

"I know from last year that everything goes against you when you're down there.

"I told the lads in the week that Mansfield are fighting for their lives and they will fight for every ball and every decision. I made it very clear to them but they didn't seem to have listened in the first half.

"We were counting our blessings as we could have easily been two or three down at half time and that's what Mansfield need to do.

"I know last season when we were 2-0 ahead it never seemed to be enough. As soon as the other team scores the pressure starts to tell.

"But I wish Mansfield well."

He added: "I was very pleased with that result, but not so much with the performance.

"For the first time I wasn't happy with our performance in the first half and told them so at half time. They knew I wasn't happy.

"In the second half we were much better and deserved to win in the end.

"Once we had scored there was only one team going to win."

Stags lost keeper Carl Muggleton with a facial injury early in the second half and skipper Jake Buxton had to limp off near the end with all three subs used.

"Carl has a broken nose but wasn't unconscious so we hope he will be all right," said manager Dearden.

"I do not know what Jake's injury is yet but we are so short right now it's hard to know which position to find cover for first.

"I will be trying like hell to bring to do something for Saturday."

He added: "We used a different system tonight and I thought we caused them problems.

"Dan Martin did quite well at left back, Sean McAllister was excellent as were all three in midfield. In fact the whole team performance was excellent and deserved a win."
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Ince Reaction
MK Dons manager Paul Ince with his reaction to the win over the Stags at Field Mill.....

Speaking to the media after the 2-1 win, Ince said "Mansfield were not happy with the referee. But it happens.
"When you are down there you think decisions are not going for you and the crowd think the same.

"The referee has to be strong and tonight I though he was strong.

"I know from last year that everything goes against you when you're down there.

"I told the lads in the week that Mansfield are fighting for their lives and they will fight for every ball and every decision. I made it very clear to them but they didn't seem to have listened in the first half.

"We were counting our blessings as we could have easily been two or three down at half time and that's what Mansfield need to do.

"I know last season when we were 2-0 ahead it never seemed to be enough. As soon as the other team scores the pressure starts to tell.

"But I wish Mansfield well."


 

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