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Wednesday, September 1, 1999 Published at 20:01 GMT 21:01 UK

Sport: Football

Leicester players charged over tickets

Leicester striker Tony Cottee is in the dock on ticketing charges

Leicester City players Tony Cottee and Andy Impey have been charged with misconduct by the Football Association over the way they allegedly distributed tickets for last season's Worthington Cup final.

FA Spokesman Steve Double: "We've charged a total of 27 members of the Leicester playing and coaching staff"
And another 25 Foxes players and officials also face an FA rap on charges of failing to assist an inquiry into the matter.

First team regulars Matt Elliott, Muzzy Izzet and Frank Sinclair are among the players facing the FA allegations.

The charges follow a six-month FA inquiry into alleged illegal ticketing, which caused segregation problems and led to crowd trouble during Leicester's match with Spurs at Wembley.

The players have 14 days to respond to the charges and decide whether to seek a personal hearing.

'Worrying scenes'

FA media relations manager Steve Double said: "We have been involved in a detailed long-running inquiry in an effort to get to the bottom of events.

[ image: Andy Impey: Fourteen days to respond to the FA charge]
Andy Impey: Fourteen days to respond to the FA charge
"We saw some extremely worrying crowd scenes at the Worthington Cup final between Leicester and Tottenham."

Police and stewards moved into the stands after violence broke out behind the goal at the tunnel end, which was reserved for Leicester fans.

Anyone found guilty of the charge faces the possibility of a lengthy ban from receiving further FA tickets.

And Leicester manager Martin O'Neill has hinted that disciplinary action will be taken against players convicted of black market ticket sales.

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