Yeovil Town Manager Mark Cooper has been charged with misconduct by the FA for an incident against Hemel Hempstead in January.

In the latest set of FA Charges for the month of March, it details;

Mark Cooper, Manager, Yeovil Town FC
Yeovil Town FC v Hemel Hempstead Town FC
National League South
20 January 2024
Breach of FA Rule E3.1 – It is alleged that following the completion of the fixture, in or around the match officials changing room area, he used abusive and/or insulting language in confronting a Match Official.
Mr. Cooper admits the Charge, submits SP1 [Standard Penalty 1] is too excessive, electing a Paper Hearing.
You may recall, but Cooper was concerned by the performance of referee Craig Scriven with one tackle in particular on Charlie Cooper causing alarm.
It is a young player that committed it, he is learning the game, he’s full of remorse for it, but the referee (Craig Scriven) has to do his job. It is a straight red card, we can’t be sentimental. In any other game you are getting locked up for three weeks for that tackle, not just a red card. Luckily we are not sat here talking about a really bad injury with that tackle. Charlie is okay but he had a little tight hamstring towards the end, but he’s okay.”

I said to the referee that those kind of tackles have been outlawed from the game. When I played you got a round of applause for that tackle, but (the referee) did not do his job today. He endangered the safety of the players and, as good as his performance was at times, he will be remembered for that tackle. We want to help referees to learn, but they have to want to learn and hopefully he will and come back better because he has the potential to be a good referee.

What we don’t know is; if the paper hearing has already taken place, and if so, what the outcome is.
“SP1” or “Standard Penalty 1” is normally, a fine in the hundreds of pounds and a one-match ban. To our knowledge, Mark Cooper has been in the dugout for every game since the incident.
Here’s the “tackle” in question – I’d be having a moan about it too, to be honest.



In other news from the FA’s Naughty Portal, Eastbourne Borough’s head of performance had a word or two too many about a Match Official’s performance in our clash with them just before Christmas.


Niall Clark, Head of Performance, Eastbourne Borough FC
Eastbourne Borough FC v Yeovil Town FC
National League South
23 December 2023
Breach of FA Rule E3.1 – It is alleged that at half time of the fixture he acted in an improper manner and/or used insulting words towards a Match Official, leading to his dismissal.
Mr Clark admits the Charge and accepts Standard Penalty 1 (£200 fine and a 1 match touchline ban).

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