Allardyce fined for stating the obvious

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 6th February 2013

Sam Allardyce has been fined ?8,000 by the FA for comments he made regarding referee Phil Dowd following West Ham United's FA Cup exit at Old Trafford.

A furious Allardyce, speaking to ITV immediately after the game blasted Dowd for giving a penalty to Manchester United whilst denying West Ham a spot kick for a similar offence.

"There's no doubt whatsoever about the difference between Rafael's hand ball and Jordan Spence's," he raged. "Jordan Spence plays for West Ham away at Man United and Rafael plays at home at Old Trafford. It's got to be that simple when you see it."

However the FA, who charged Allardyce with misconduct 48 hours after his comments were made have subsequently fined him ?8,000, for pointing out what much of football recognises as a clear home bias where Manchester United are concerned.

"Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Sam Allardyce has been fined for media comments made after his side's FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round replay against Manchester United on 16 January 2013," read a brief statement on the FA's website.

"The West Ham United manager was charged for a breach of FA Rule E3 in that he questioned the integrity of the match referee and/or match officials in general, and/or implied that the match referee and/or match officials in general were motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute.

"Allardyce, who had denied the misconduct charge and requested a personal hearing, was also warned as to his future conduct."

It is not revealed whether match official Dowd was reprimanded for his blatant example of home bias, although we suspect that is rather unlikely.

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