Neil Warnock charged by FA for explosive post-match blast at officials after Middlesbrough's loss to Swansea

NEIL WARNOCK has been charged by the FA for his explosive post-match blast at officials.

The Middlesbrough manager slammed referee Gavin Ward for a number of decisions in the 2-1 Championship loss to Swansea earlier this month.

SunSport revealed last week the FA had launched an investigation into Warnock's comments and he now has until March 22 to respond to the charge.

An FA statement read: "Neil Warnock has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to Middlesbrough FC’s match against Swansea City FC in the EFL Championship on Saturday 6 March 2021.

"It is alleged that comments made by the manager during a post-match interview constitute improper conduct as they questioned the integrity of the match official and/or implied bias and/or were personally offensive and/or bring the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3.1.

"Neil Warnock has until 22 March 2021 to provide a response to this charge."

Warnock also accused Swansea of benefiting from decisions in the match at the Liberty Stadium on March 6 because manager Steve Cooper’s dad Keith was a former top-flight official.

His attack on Ward came after he disallowed Marc Bola’s strike, with Yannick Bolasie adjudged to have fouled Jay Fulton in the build-up.

After Boro levelled, Ward then awarded the Welsh side a penalty deep in injury-time for a George Saville foul on Jake Bidwell, which Andre Ayew converted from the spot.

Warnock, 72, said: “They are all heroes, they all want the celebrity status.

“It’s wrong. My lads have been let down by a team of officials who weren’t good enough today. It’s not right.”



Warnock added: “I don’t know if it’s Cooper’s dad whose influencing this?

“He must have all the numbers. But, joking apart, they can’t keep having decisions like that.”

Boro are eighth in the Championship – just five points off the play-offs.

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