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Crawley and Gillingham punished by FA after assistant boss allegedly hits player in the face

Crawley and Gillingham have both been punished by the FA after assistant boss David Livermore allegedly struck a player in the face.

It comes following a post-match confrontation at Crawley, seeing both sides come to blows at full time last weekend with Gills manager Neil Harris calling the incident “handbags and sour grapes” as his side came away with a 1-0 win.

David Livermore ended up getting a yellow card by the referee Ed Duckworth, with Harris explaining what happened.

He said, as per KentOnline: “I tried to manage it, sour grapes doesn’t go well on the football pitch, but it happens.

“If you have got something to say, say it, or do it. That’s all I’ve got to say, but it was handbags.”

On claims of a punch, towards Crawley’s Ronan Darcy, Harris said: “I didn’t see it.”

Darcy ended up being dragged off down the tunnel by Crawley’s assistant boss and Jamie Day.

It’s the second time that Livermore has been punished after he and goalkeeper coach Deren Ibrahim received a yellow for the opener at Stockport.

The Football Association have sicne confirmed that both Gillingham and Crawley have been charged with misconduct, with an allegation that “both clubs failed to ensure their players and/or technical area occupants conducted themselves in an orderly fashion at the end of the game.”

With Livermore also handed a charge over this behaviour at the end of the League Two fixture that was “allegedly improper and/or violent”, according to the FA statement.

They have until Tuesday the 29th of August to give their responses to the punishments.

Meanwhile, on the 20th of August, an investigation launched amid reports made about threats aimed at an ex-Crawley Town player during the League Two match.

“Overnight Crawley Town Football Club have been made aware of certain threats and abuse made to a former player following yesterday afternoon’s fixture against Gillingham,” a club statement read last Sunday morning.

“Crawley Town Football Club strongly condemns all forms of personal abuse and threats directed towards players and their families as well as any other club individual. This type of behaviour has no place in our game.”

Crawley adds that those making these threats ‘do not represent our fan base’ and ‘will no longer be welcome at the Broadfield Stadium’.

KentOnline say the threats were apparently directed towards Ashley Nadesan, who played at the weekend with Tom Nichols. Both players joined the Gills having previously played for Crawley.

Crawley Town: Addai, Tsaroulla, Conroy, Ransom, Wright, Campbell (Henry 64’), Kelly, Williams (Forster 86’), Darcy, Telford (Lolos 67’), Orsi

Unused Substitutes: Ashby-Hammond, Mukena, Swyer, Khaleel

Gillingham: Turner, Alexander, Ehmer, Ogie, Malone, S. Williams (Dieng 81’), J. Williams (Clarke 57’), Jefferies (McKenzie 73’), Coleman, Nadesan (Lapslie 74’), Nichols (Bonne 73’)

Unused Substitutes: Morris, Masterson

Referee: Ed Duckworth

Twitter users reacted with Crawley and Gillingham punished by FA after the assistant boss allegedly hits the player in the face…

@The92Bible: Livermore punched a Crawley player. Should be a lengthy ban for him.

@deanmcbeano: Naughty Mr Livermore

@keelan_____: Slightly disappointed with our clubs behaviour against Crawley even if it was aggravated. Even more so after the online message they spread about the fans needing to conduct themselves properly…

Dominic Paul Edwards: Ironic isn’t it that the mgt, players and owners all contributed to social media posts basically telling fans to behave and then the fine is because of the players behaviours!!!

Lark: David Livermore should be charged for punching Ronan Darcy after the final whistle! he was booked for it! Just watched Harris’s iFollow interview after the game. He was very agitated by the incident and a reporter asked him about the punch, but he said he didn’t see it. He just said something like Crawley had sour grapes, and if they had something to say then say it. That it was just handbags.

GillsBluenose: he was booked for it! Errr, if it really was a punch, shouldn’t Livermore have received an automatic RED card? Bonne also said it was the Crawley keeper who was being a knob, not Darcy. Maybe both of them?

SteveTreacle: Video footage was poor just looks like a scuffle but one of their keepers was involved yes. Only those on the pitch will truly know what happened. I was fairly close round the side of the stadium in the Gills away end rather than behind the goal and it looked like handbags to me and the one to instigate it seemed to be their keeper. This was backed up by a quick chat with the Gills players as they got off of the coach to get their cars at the hotel I was staying at. The video footage doesn’t really shed any light on it, so given the ref showed Livermore a yellow card, I doubt there’ll be anything else done about it given the lack of video evidence. GITV Matt was standing slightly to the right of me, probably with a better view, so not sure if he’ll mention it in his match coverage or match review?

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