FA evidence reveals stadium ban for Paul Ince was due to the Blackpool manager 'violently shoving' an official and threatening to 'knock him out'

The former England midfielder will not be allowed to enter a stadium Blackpool are playing on a matchday for their next five contest

Blackpool boss Paul Ince received a five-match stadium ban for 'violently shoving' a fourth official in an expletive-laden rant, according to evidence given at an FA hearing.

Ince last week learned he would not be allowed to enter any stadium Blackpool were playing in on a matchday for their next five contests for his actions following their 2-1 win over Bournemouth last month.

The Seasiders boss was sent to the stands after throwing a bottle which hit a female spectator and his irate reaction after the final whistle, which the FA found breached three rules, landed him in hot water.

On Thursday the FA disclosed the full extent of Ince's actions as it revealed he physically assaulted fourth official Mark Pottage while using a series of expletives.

In the report, referee Oliver Langford said: "At the end of the game as we left the field of play as a team of match officials we were confronted by a clearly very irate Mr Paul Ince.

"On confronting us Mr Ince asked why he had been sent to the stand. I explained to Mr Ince the reason why he had politely been asked to leave the technical area. It was then a clearly frustrated Mr Ince had said 'and where's your busy f****r of a fourth?'.

"Mark Pottage, the fourth official, was stood behind Mr Ince at the time and said 'I'm here'.

"Mr Ince then turned around and violently shoved Mr Pottage with two hands in to the chest. Stewards then quickly stepped in and tried to usher Mr Ince to the dressing room area.

"As this occurred Mr Ince, being restrained by stewards and players of Blackpool, was repeatedly shouting in an aggressive manner 'I'll knock you f*****g out you c***' to Mr Pottage."

In an examination during the hearing, Langford added that "Mr Ince's eyes were bulging" as he squared up to Pottage.

Assistant Alex Rae was also involved in the melee with Pottage, providing his own evidence, noting he had to move to avoid contact with Rae's forehead.

Giving his own evidence Ince, who denied using the word 'c***' said: "As I turned around, Mr Pottage stepped forward and was 'fronting me up' in my face.

"I felt intimidated, so I instinctively pushed him away.

"The push was not aggressive; only enough to move him away from where I was, only in order to avoid a real possibility of a one-to-one confrontation, however, I know I should not have pushed him and I wholeheartedly apologise."

The FA, though, found all three breaches of the Rule E3 were proven and imposed a five-match stadium ban on Ince as a result.

The Seasiders boss had told the Blackpool Gazzette on Wednesday that he thought the ban was "very, very harsh".

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