Russell hit by FA misconduct charge

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MANSFIELD Town manager Duncan Russell will have to watch Saturday’s home clash with Rushden and Diamonds from the stand after being slapped with an FA misconduct charge following comments he made to Staffordshire match referee Steve Martin last weekend.

Martin was criticised by management and players for his ‘attitude’ during and after the home defeat by Harriers in which he decided a high boot on Niall O’Rafferty, which left the youngster badly damaged down his side and facing a trip to hospital, was not a foul.

Kidderminster broke upfield and scored with the youngster down injured and comments were made which have landed Russell in hot water.

“I am really angry that in this day and age referees can have a go at the manager but you can’t have a go at them.

“I might have said a few expletives at him but I was upset he didn’t protect my player. We had Adam Smith sent off at Gateshead for exactly the same challenge. Even Paul Hall was angry with the referee which is unusual as he is normally so calm.

“Some of the quotes from the referee to the FA about the day are not quite true and I will be writing back to make sure I get my point across.

“But I am going to have to accept my punishment, which will include a fine, as you are never going to win an appeal. They will just shut up shop.

“So I will probably watch from the directors’ box on Saturday though I will be wired up to speak to Paul in the dug-out. Some managers usually sit in the stand but it’s not my style.”

Russell is hoping all his injured players, apart from Rhys Day, will be fit for selection after only being able to name three substitutes at Crawley in midweek.

There could also be a recall in goal for Alan Marriott with Notts County loanee David Grof told his loan cannot be extended by a week ton enable him to play in the FA Trophy final at Wembley.

Conor Higginson is back from his loan at Glapwell and, with today being the final transfer deadline, Stags were hoping to bring in another two or three faces for the busy final run-in.

One is young defender Johnny Lindsay, who can play left back or centre half, from St Johnstone, while the other two are believed to be strikers.