Steve Evans, the current Rotherham boss has been given a six-match stadium ban and a £3,000 fine by the Football Association, starting with Saturday’s home match with Torquay United
This came after he was found guilty of using ‘abusive and insulting words and behaviour’ towards a female member of Bradford City’s staff, whilst he was manager of Crawley Town. The Match between Bradford and Crawley on March 27th ended with an on pitch brawl that had 5 players sent off.
Five players were sent off after the brawl – Luke Oliver, goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin and Andrew Davies,for Bradford, and Crawley team mates Pablo Mills and Claude Davis also sent down the tunnel.
The FA has posted a statement saying:
“Following an Independent Regulatory Commission held on Wednesday, September 5, Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has been given a six-match stadium ban and fined £3,000.”
“Mr Evans was charged with using abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a participant in or around the dressing room area at the end of the Bradford City versus Crawley Town Football League Two fixture on March 27 2012. It was further alleged that the breach included a reference to gender, a breach of FA Rule E3(2). Mr Evans denied the charge and requested a personal hearing. The Commission found that Mr Evans had used abusive and insulting words and behaviour towards a participant in or around the dressing room area at the end of the fixture which did include a reference to gender. The Commission did not find that Mr Evans had used indecent words or behaviour.”
“Mr Evans has informed The Football Association that he does not wish to appeal the decision and therefore the sanction is now imposed with immediate effect. The stadium ban will prevent Mr Evans from attending the ground at which Rotherham United’s first team are playing at any time during a match day.”
Evans has shared his disappointment at the decision but added in a statement:
“For the good of Rotherham United I accept the verdict and will move on with no further comment.”
A club statement read:
“Rotherham United acknowledge the decision of the FA today and will work closely with Steve Evans to ensure the penalty imposed does not affect our objectives for this season. The club wishes to stress that there will be no further comment on this matter.”
This is not the first time Evans has been banned from a stadium. Evans was ejected from Blundell Park by Humberside police officers for alleged foul and abusive language to the home fans behind the dugouts during a clash against Crawley and Boston in February 2006