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FA hit Havant boss with SIX-GAME ban after Ebbsfleet clash

The FA have decided to hit Havant & Waterlooville boss Paul Doswell with a six-game ban after their clash with Ebbsfleet in February.

The two clubs played out an ill-tempered match with three red cards being brandished out, although Ebbsfleet’s Chris Solly went on to win an appeal against his dismissal, however both managers were sent from the dugout.

Doswell has been ordered to attend a face-to-face Football Association education course after a breach of FA rules E3.1 and E3.2.

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The charge, which was published on the FA website, stated “Breach of FA Rule E3.1 – It is alleged that in or around the 42nd minute of the fixture, the Participant’s language and/or behaviour was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper, contrary to Rule E3.1. It is further alleged that this breach of FA Rule E3.1 is an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3.2, as it included a reference (express or implied) to nationality.”

The result of the charge has been listed by the FA as “6 Match suspension” and “Face to face FA education course”. The FA don’t however add whether Doswell admitted or contested the charge.

Ebbsfleet boss Dennis Kutrieb didn’t reveal the finer details of what happened in the incident when asked after their side played Havant earlier this season in September.

When they met the second time, Havant won the National League South game 2-1, but you can tell there was still beef between the pair, while Doswell held a long conversation with ref Richie Watkins both at half and full time, Kutrieb shook hands with members of the Havant management team, that’s all except Doswell, after the game report KentOnline.

Ebbsfleet, including manager Kutrieb, were still on the field when Doswell finished talking to the official and there then appeared to be an incident between both parties, which left the Fleet boss visibly angry.

Talking after the game in September, Kutrieb said: “It’s tough for me to speak about it.

“Last season we experienced at their place some bad things and other authorities dealt with it or are trying to deal with it at the moment. I don’t want to say too much but it happened again.

“That’s really hard to take because if we win or lose that’s easy for me. Of course, I hate losing but I can take it because we played a good game. But all other things are not for me and it’s not football. It’s (about being a) human being and behaving in the right way.

“I see every player taking the knee and everyone is aware of it and you talk about it, but as long as you have people that don’t care about it then you don’t need to do it from my point of view.

“Hopefully other people can deal with it a bit quicker than last time. I don’t know if the referees are brave enough to do something, sometimes they are, sometimes they are not.

“In football when you experience different things and things which can hurt people and human beings, not managers, not players, it doesn’t matter if black, if white, if German, if English, when you want to take the knee to show everyone in the world we are aware of it, but if we’re honest then we’re not aware of it.”

In the summer, Doswell backed Ebbsfleet’s stance after a matchday volunteer was axed from all Havant duties following social media posts which was aimed at England players Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka following the Euro 2020 final penalty shootout defeat to Italy.

Doswell told The News in July: “I 100 per cent agreed with the club’s statement. We talked to the players about the statement.

“I applaud the quickness in which the board got the statement out – it’s been well received.

“From our perspective, it’s disappointing that it happened, but the response has been swift and we just don’t stand for it. In this day and age it’s ridiculous.

“We won’t accept anything even remotely like that. We’ve had our meeting as a staff and players, they were very pleased the statement was out so quickly, there’s a zero tolerance to it.

“I’d expect that to have been the same from the chairman right the way down to the lovely tea lady – it’s just not acceptable.

“There’s a zero tolerance policy with us. You’ve only got to look at our squad over the past few seasons, it’s integrated right the way through.”

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