Football Association hit Ince with five-match stadium ban

BLACKPOOL manager Paul Ince has been hit with a five-match stadium ban and £4,000 fine following an inquiry into three breaches of Football Association rules.

Ince, who won 53 England caps, was charged with using abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official, adopting behaviour towards a match official which constituted violent conduct and using threatening words and/or behaviour towards a match official.

All three charges related to the 45-year-old’s actions in the tunnel following his side’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth last month.

Ince was sent away from the manager’s dug-out during the game after throwing a water bottle which hit a female supporter.

A Blackpool spokesperson said: “Blackpool Football Club acknowledges the decision of the Football Association and will now work closely with Paul and his coaching staff to ensure that the penalty imposed does not affect our short or long-term objectives.”

Ince will not be permitted entry to the stadium for his team’s games against Wigan, Blackburn, Nottingham Forest, Ipswich Town or Birmingham City.

A charge brought against the former Manchester United midfielder’s assistant manager Alex Rae was not proven.