Date: 22nd January 2015 at 12:08pm
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Manager Phil Brown has been informed that he won’t face further punishment following his trip to the stands in our game against Oxford United at the weekend.

Having been dismissed by the fourth official for an apparent gesture in the direction of the home fans at the Kassam Stadium, the Football Association have informed him that the matter is now closed.

In quotes carried by the Echo News Brown continued to strenuously deny the suggestion so he was pleased to find out that there wouldn’t be a further ban or fine following.

‘I’ve been told I won’t be facing any further punishment and the matter is now closed as far as I’m concerned. I actually went to talk to the fourth official after the game. I told him he needed to have a look at himself in the cold light of day and how he had behaved. I’ve gone away and done the same but there’s no problem. I’m sure I will soon be involved in another game with the same fourth official and that’s fine.’

With his sending off, the gaffer also took the opportunity to talk about our three red cards in four games and he denied that we had a discipline problem.

In recent games Cian Bolger, Luke Prosser and Gary Deegan have all received their marching orders and our total of five red cards so far this campaign is the highest in League Two, but Brown was adamant we aren’t a dirty side and it’s not indicative of our style of play.

‘If I thought we had a problem with discipline then I would address it but I genuinely don’t think it’s a worry. The Prosser red was very soft at Northampton, Bolger’s looked far worse than it was and the clip on YouTube doesn’t do him any favours but when someone as tall as him moves towards someone smaller it looks really bad. I also don’t think the referee would have sent Deegan off at the weekend if four players had not got into Gary’s face. I said the same to the referee and I think the footage proves it, but he claimed that wasn’t true.’

Brown says obviously we don’t want to keep going down to ten men in games, but for him it’s not because we are a dirty side.

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