Peterborough manager Steve Evans has been charged by the FA following comments he made about referee David Coote as his Posh side were beaten 4-0 by Luton Town.
The FA website reports that Evans’ behaviour in the tunnel and his language in the referees room amounted to ‘improper conduct’.
Following the sending off of Ryan Tafazolli, Evans was incandescent with rage even though his side were already 1-0 down. After the game he said:
“I’m sat right above it, it’s a terrible decision. We’ll go through the normal appeals process and see where it goes. He says he’s given it (the red card) not for the challenge, but the follow-through.”
“I’ll go and speak to the referee once we’re done to go and get clearer terminology of what he said.”
Whatever he said when he went to speak to the referee clearly didn’t have the desired effect and he now faces a charge, not for the first time this season.
In November he was fined £1000 for comments made in his post match interview after his side lost 1-0 to Accrington Stanley in League One. He called referee Scott Duncan ‘incompetent’ on that occasion. That came after he was the first manager to be suspended after picking up four yellow cards for his behaviour on the touchline.
He was also sent off during their game with Doncaster in September, after which he said he ‘hadn’t seen the FA in a while’ and that Mrs Evans ‘wouldn’t be happy’ he was giving them more money.
If Evans hadn’t seen much of the FA in September, he’s certainly made up for lost time this season. There’s little doubt he won’t need a sat nav to get him to the headquarters, he probably has his own parking space.
Joking aside, his antics are detracting from Peterborough’s serious promotion bid and surely the owner has to look carefully at that. There’s being outspoken and there’s casting a cloud over you team.
Evans is very close to crossing that line, if he hasn’t already.