Coates questions FA sanctions
Potters manager Tony Pulis was warned by the FA about his future
conduct after praising the appointment of Howard Webb for their FA
Cup semi-final against Bolton last month prior to the match taking
place. Pulis became the third Premier League boss in quick
succession to be reprimanded after Manchester United’s Sir Alex
Ferguson and Chelsea’s Carlo Ancelotti also fell foul of new rules
which prevent managers commenting on match officials before the
game. “I am beginning to think people are losing the plot with
these things,” Coates told The Sentinel. “We are all for respect
for referees and officials, but let’s be sensible about it all.
“Managers should not be allowed to question a referee’s integrity,
that is always wrong, but a manager should be allowed to say if a
referee has made a mistake. “We all make mistakes – managers,
players, chairmen and officials. What is wrong with saying so?”.