Football - Ince charged by FA

The Football Association has charged Blackpool boss Paul Ince for comments he made after his side's Capital One Cup defeat to rivals Preston on Monday night.

PA Sport Report

The former England international's Tangerines crashed out of the cup after Tom Clarke scored the hosts' winner three minutes from time at Deepdale, where the final whistle was met with a pitch invasion that saw a steward trampled on by a police horse.

An FA Statement said: "It is alleged that Ince's comments were in breach of FA Rule E3 in that they called into question the integrity of the match referee and/or implied that the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute."

Ince has until Tuesday at 6pm to respond to the charge.

The development comes just a day on from Ince's son, Thomas, being handed a two-match ban by the FA after the England Under-21 forward accepted a charge for using an offensive and/or insulting and/or abusive gesture towards a match official at Deepdale.

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