Sittingbourne forced to explain disciplinary record to FA at Wembley
Sittingbourne have been warned about their future conduct
following an FA disciplinary hearing at Wembley.
Joint-managers Jim and Danny Ward and secretary John Pitts
appeared before a disciplinary committee including former Tottenham
captain Gary Mabbutt on Tuesday morning.
They were asked to explain the club’s record of nine red cards
and 54 bookings in 31 league and cup matches this season.
Pitts (pictured) said: "We told the committee we’d reminded the
players of their obligations to Sittingbourne FC and the
consequences if they let the club down.
"We were warned about our future conduct and if things don’t
improve, we will be back at Wembley at the end of the season and
probably facing a fine."
Bourne have introduced fines to clamp down on indiscipline,
although Ward believes his players have been harshly treated at
He said: "We feel referees have been too strict this season. I
have never sent a player out to kick anybody in my life.
"We have one or two players who like a tackle but we are far
from being a physical side.
"What drives me mad is bookings for dissent. We’ve now put in
place fines whereby a player booked for dissent loses 25% of their
wages and if they are sent off for dissent, they lose all their
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