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Tuesday, 2 May, 2000, 10:22 GMT 11:22 UK
Robson charged over ref row

Robson's charge relates to Boro's 2-1 defeat by Coventry
The Football Association has charged Middlesbrough manager Bryan Robson with misconduct, following a furious outburst at referee Neale Barry.

Robson was reported by the Scunthorpe official following comments made in the wake of his side's 2-1 defeat at Coventry City on April 15.

It is the latest official reprimand for Middlesbrough, who also face a charge of failing to control their players following an incident in the 4-3 defeat by Manchester United on April 10.



Robson exchanged words with referee Neale Barry
Boro players surrounded a linesman who failed to raise his flag for offside against Quinton Fortune as he scored United's fourth goal.

Both charges comes in the wake of the FA's clampdown on bad behaviour by players and club officials.

An FA spokesman said: "I can confirm that Bryan Robson has been charged with misconduct.

"This is following the FA giving consideration to the comments he made immediately after the Coventry v Middlesbrough game to referee Neale Barry. He will have 14 days to respond."

The FA issued a directive to all clubs on February 15 amid a spiralling number of incidents in which officials had been confronted by angry players.

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