Coates questions FA sanctions
Stoke chairman Peter Coates believes the Football Association
are “losing the plot” over their rules on managers commenting on
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
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?”.