Wakefield FC boss to start six-game ban against derby foes Ossett Town

BANNED: Wakefield FC boss Paul Lines started a six-match stadium ban tonight.
BANNED: Wakefield FC boss Paul Lines started a six-match stadium ban tonight.

Wakefield FC will travel to derby foes Ossett Town without manager Paul Lines tonight.

Lines will start the first of a six-match stadium ban imposed by the Football Association for incidents relating to the home match against Warrington Town last month.

The Bears boss was hit with the ban, and £150 fine, following charges of improper conduct and violent conduct relating to his behaviour at the end of Wakefield’s 7-0 home defeat against Town, in which he had an altercation with the referee.

The suspension is subject to appeal but Lines will start the six-match ban at Ingfield tonight in the Evo-Stik Division 1 North derby - and he thinks the punishment does not fit the crime.

“How am I supposed to run a side when I am being banned from all grounds? How do I keep in contact with my side? I just think it’s really harsh,” he said.

“You think back to Alan Pardew when he pushed a linesman on national TV and got a three-game (touchline) ban, but was allowed to sit in the stand and have contact with his side.

“How in grassroots football can you ban a manager from not being in contact with his players at all? I have never heard anything like it in my life.

“The only contact I have got with the players is going to training with them.”

Lines hinted that he would appeal the ban given he will not be able to take charge of his side again until Saturday, November 30 when Curzon Ashton visit the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Wakefield will have at least go into the game on the back of a 3-2 win over Salford City at the weekend, while Town will look to bounce back from consecutive defeats.

Elsewhere tonight Ossett Albion were due to visit Ramsbottom United but the match has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.