Jim faces charge after referee row

IPSWICH Town's disciplinary woes deepened last night when manager Jim Magilton was charged with using abusive or insulting words towards referee Mark Clattenburg.

By Derek Davis

IPSWICH Town's disciplinary woes deepened last night when manager Jim Magilton was charged with using abusive or insulting words towards referee Mark Clattenburg.

The Blues boss faces a touchline ban after letting the Premiership official know that he did not agree with him adding just three extra minutes at the end of Town's 1-0 loss at Preston, 10 days ago.

Magilton was dismissed at the time and spent the remaining few moments of the match watching from the deserted terrace behind the dug-outs.


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The rookie boss has until April 4 to contest the charges and ask for a personal hearing.

Although he could be banished to the stands for a game or two it is more likely that Magilton will receive a fine and a warning as to his future conduct.

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Southend boss Steve Tilson, who faced a similar charge of breaking rule E3 after admitting abusing an official against Barnsley in January, was fined £50 and given a warning.

The club have stayed tight-lipped about Magilton and his side's disciplinary record this year, which has twice seen them face censure from the FA for having six players booked in a single game.

The Blues bad boys have seen six red cards this season, although George O'Callaghan's from Steve Bennett at Watford was later rescinded. It is the club's worst disciplinary record in its history.

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