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?”.