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Macclesfield and Wycombe request FA hearing over brawl

Highlights - Macclesfield 0-1 Wycombe

Macclesfield 0-1 Wycombe

Wycombe Wanderers have joined Macclesfield in requesting a personal hearing with the Football Association after accepting a misconduct charge.

Both sides were charged following an injury-time brawl in Saturday's 1-0 win for Wycombe at Moss Rose.

The fracas erupted after Macclesfield's Ricky Sappleton appeared to kick out at Wycombe's Stuart Lewis.

Several players joined in and Sappleton and Emile Sinclair were dismissed, along with Wycombe's David Winfield.

A statement on Macclesfield Town's website , on Wednesday, said they had not appealed either of their players' red cards.

It added that the club were "currently reviewing the actions it intends to take to ensure that it avoids such charges in the future".

And Wycombe added in a statement that they had accepted the charge, but "will request a personal hearing of the case to state its case further".

Both clubs have been charged with a breach of FA rule E20 (a) - a failure to ensure that players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative and/or violent behaviour.

The match, which Wycombe won 1-0, was referee James Adcock's debut in a Football League contest.

Wycombe boss Gary Waddock, who saw his side move to within six points of leaders Chesterfield, said after the game that he would look at a video of the incident before passing judgement.

"I didn't see much because there were too many bodies and it was on the other side of the pitch," Waddock commented. "I will have a look at the DVD and will then be able to make a better judgement.

"I have not really spoken to Dave [Winfield]. I think everything needs to calm down and we will look at it again in the cold light of day when it is a lot calmer."

Macclesfield manager Gary Simpson admitted that the referee could have sent anyone off in the dramatic conclusion.

"Well, from what I've been told, Ricky has gone in and caught the lad," added Simpson, whose team lie 21st in the table.

"Ricky has gone over to pick him up and they've all waded in. So the referee has picked out three to send off. But to be honest the rest of the game was a decent spectacle."

Gareth Ainsworth's 39th minute volley was enough to seal all three points for the Chairboys.

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