Town could face fine

IPSWICH Town face an FA fine after the referee reported an irresponsible Blues' fan for blowing a whistle from the stands during Sunday's derby clash.The Blues will also find out today if their appeal against Sito Castro's red card is successful.

By Derek Davis

IPSWICH Town face an FA fine after the referee reported an irresponsible Blues' fan for blowing a whistle from the stands during Sunday's derby clash.

The Blues will also find out today if their appeal against Sito Castro's red card is successful.

Lancashire official Lee Mason included the whistle incidents in his match report and Town chief executive Derek Bowden fears the club will be hit in the pocket.


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Bowden last night said: “The FA will no doubt take some sort of action. That could be a written warning, as we have not suffered this before, or it could very well be a fine.

“The person has not been caught but we will be viewing CCTV. The stewards will be briefed before the next game to be vigilant for this but we would also appeal to our fans to act if they see the person responsible.

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“We would ask them to stop 'em or shop 'em to ensure there is no repeat. It was a particularly stupid thing to do and, the thing is, it could work against our own team. If they were to stop and the forward goes on and scores it would be to our detriment.”Any pecuniary punishment would probably amount to anything up to £10,000, a price Town can ill afford as they search for squad reinforcements.

Norwich City striker Kevin Lisbie was livid when he heard a whistle and hesitated, allowing Richard Naylor to put in a tackle and deny him a shooting chance.

Lisbie said: “The lads stopped a couple of times because we thought the referee had blown.

“To be fair, it did put a doubt in my mind because you don't want to play on and then get booked. To say I wasn't happy is an understatement, and that was why the gaffer was out to speak with the officials who, perhaps, didn't know what was going on.”

Charlton's on-loan striker was also a central figure in the incident that led to Sito's dismissal - the Spaniard's second red card in as many appearances tilting the derby decisively in Norwich's favour.

A disciplinary panel will hear Town's appeal this morning, backed by video evidence and a decision is expected by lunchtime.

If unsuccessful, Sito will miss Saturday's game at Leeds United and Tuesday's visit to Burnley.

Leeds will also be at the panel hoping to have David Healy's red card rescinded after he appeared to stamp on the back of QPR midfielder Marc Bircham's leg and raked his studs down his Achilles. Healy faces a three-match ban but, if the panel say the appeal was frivolous, he could get an extra one-game suspension.

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