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9th October 2007 14:33

Stags owner to say sorry to FA
CHAD.co.uk, 9 Oct 2007, By Tim Morriss
NEW Stags owner James Derry will apologise to the FA for his actions at the end of the MK Dons' defeat, after being hit with a disciplinary charge this week.
Mr Derry, accused of improper conduct after approaching the referee on the pitch at the final whistle, told Chad today: "I will apologise, but all I was trying to do was get the players off the pitch and avoid them getting into trouble with the referee.

"I think my actions were misunderstood. I was not threatening or abusive, I was reasonably calm and just wanted to talk to the referee.

"In hindsight it would have been better to let the stewards get the players away from the referee and in future I will keep away from the pitch.

"I suppose I got a little carried away in the passion of the moment, but my intentions were OK."

Mr Derry, who won praise from many fans for his actions at the end of the 2-1 defeat last Tuesday, has until the 23rd October to respond officially to the charge.

New owner charged by FA
CHAD.co.uk, 8 Oct 2007
NEW Stags' owner James Derry has been charged with improper conduct by the FA.
It follows last Tuesday's controversial match against MK Dons.

An FA spokesman told Chad this afternoon: "Mr Derry has been charged because of his behaviour towards the referee, Darren Drysdale.

"He has until 23rd October to respond to the charge."

The spokesman added that no players would be charged after other incidents at the end of the game, when they also approached the referee.

Mr Derry went onto the pitch after the final whistle and remonstrated with the referee, who made several controversial decisions during the Stags' 2-1 defeat.

Mr Derry is currently out of the country and unavailable for comment.

Last week, when told that the referee had included the incident in his report, Mr Derry told Chad: "I just wanted 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 FA spokesman would not speculate on possible punishments, saying it would be upto the disciplinary to decide.

Mr Derry won praise from many fans for his actions.


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