manager Gordon Strachan was cleared by the FA at today's hearing into the touchline fracas
between the dugouts at the clubs match at Chelsea in January.
Strachan was sent from the touchline by referee Jeff Winter when tempers flared in the
83rd minute of the match.
The manager was charged with misconduct along with the clubs goalkeeper coach Jim
Blyth and striker Noel Whelan, who was not in the team that day.
Strachan and Blyth were cleared after the FA disciplinary panel studied various videos
of the incident, but Whelan was fined £750 and warned as to his future conduct.
Strachan was found guilty of misconduct however for his actions earlier in the match.
He was censured, warned about his future conduct and fined £1,000 for leaving the
technical area during the game and for using industrial language
At a second,
unconnected hearing, Whelan was also fined £2,000 and banned for one match in a separate
hearing for collecting eleven bookings. The suspension means that he misses
Saturdays match at Leicester City.
Whelans punishment infuriated Coventry chairman Bryan Richardson who said:
"In the case of Noel Whelan the inconsistencies of the disciplinary committee are
extremely worrying in that similar cases have been dealt with in enormously differing ways
and levels of punishment. In many cases there has been no ban.
He added: "We are extremely disappointed Gordon has not been cleared of all
misconduct because it was clearly shown by the evidence, video and verbal, that he played
no part in the incident highlighted by the media and which bought this case to the
committee in the first place.
"We are happy that he has not been banned from his normal and rightful position on
Coventry Citys secretary Graham Hover, who accompanied the three men to the FA
hearing in London said:
"Gordon is obviously disappointed that he has not been completely vindicated, but
he is relieved that the most worrying aspect of the case relating to the 83rd
minute incident, has had a satisfactory outcome."