Mills warns of complacency
John Obi Mikel has been handed a three-match suspension and
fined ?60,000 for his actions following Chelsea’s defeat to
The midfielder entered the referee’s dressing room after the 28
October clash at Stamford Bridge to confront match official Mark
Mikel had been informed by team-mates that Clattenburg had used
inappropriate language of a racist nature towards him during the
match, allegations which later proved to be false.
The Football Association acknowledged the circumstances that led
to his actions and said the levels of the ban and fine had been
A statement on the FA website read: “The Regulatory Commission’s
independent chairman Christopher Quinlan QC emphasised that the
Independent Regulatory Commission accepted, as did The FA, that at
the time he threatened the referee the player genuinely believed
that the referee had racially abused him.
“But for that factor the suspension would have been
Mikel accepted the FA’s charge of “using threatening and/or
abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour in the official’s
changing room” and will now miss the Premier League games against
Sunderland and Southampton as well as the Capital One cup
quarter-final against Leeds.
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Arena Coventry Limited, who manage the Ricoh Arena on behalf of
joint owners the Alan Edward Higgs Charity and Coventry City
Council, yesterday issued a statutory demand for ?1.1million in
unpaid rent by the club stretching back 10 months.
The Sky Blues have 21 days, until Boxing Day in effect, to pay
the sum or potentially face a winding-up order.
Coventry responded yesterday with an official statement claiming
their annual rate of ?1.28m is the highest in both League One and
the Championship by some considerable distance, while also
bemoaning the fact they do not get access to 100 per cent of
Fisher was coy over how much money, if any, will be paid by
December 26 and said negotiations will continue to have to play a
part over the next three weeks.
But the City chief is adamant Coventry, FA Cup winners in 1987,
will not go to the wall and says they will play elsewhere before
He said: “I’ll tell you one thing, the club comes first. We are
committed to fulfil our fixtures. This isn’t about liquidation.
This isn’t about the club going out of existence, we need to be
absolutely crystal about that.
“This is about the club setting up a sustainable business model.
We will fulfil our fixtures and, by the way, we have contingencies
because we are managing our risks, you have to plan. So if the
Ricoh shut the doors, we will play elsewhere. If forced into a
corner that’s exactly what we’ll do.”
Fisher added: “My message to supporters is there is no
The defender, 18, who has been at the club since the age of
nine, has signed an 18-month deal at Bootham Crescent.
Minstermen boss Gary Mills said: “Tom has come on unbelievably
in the last 12 months and thoroughly deserves his first
“I think he has got a good future in the game and will be
travelling with the first team down to Plymouth this weekend.”
While York were securing their first win in six league games at
Rochdale last week, Plymouth slipped to a third straight league
defeat at home to Chesterfield and have failed to win any of their
last nine games in all competitions.
But Mills said: “We were in a similar position last week and got
our first win for a while. I think it took us eight games to do so,
but we knew a result was coming.
“So we know in this league how close it is. A win for them could
be just round the corner. We know how unlucky we’ve been in games,
drawing some we should probably have won.
“It’s a long trip to Plymouth and we know how hard they’re going
to make it for us. We took our chances last week at Rochdale and
got what we deserved, but we’ll have to work just as hard against
The Minstermen’s 3-2 victory at Rochdale was their first league
win since a 1-0 success at Accrington on October 23, but while
Mills’ side have slipped to 14th place in the table, they are still
only four points adrift of the top seven.