Blackpool boss Ince handed five-game stadium ban

The former Manchester United midfielder has been punished for having displayed violent and threatening behaviour and used abusive language towards a match official
Blackpool manager Paul Ince has been handed a stadium ban for five games and fined £4,000 for an incident involving a match official.

The punishment relates to Blackpool’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth where Ince was found to have displayed violent and threatening behaviour and used abusive language towards an official.

A statement on the FA website read: "Blackpool manager Paul Ince has been given a five-match stadium ban to commence with immediate effect and fined £4,000 following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

"Ince appeared before a Regulatory Commission on Monday after he was charged with three breaches of FA Rule E3, which occurred in or around the tunnel following his side’s game at AFC Bournemouth on Saturday 14 September 2013.

"The charges were that Ince; used abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official; his behaviour towards a match official constituted violent conduct; and that he used threatening words and/or behaviour towards a match official."

Blackpool, meanwhile, have released a statement on the club’s website in response to the ban and fine which read: "Blackpool Football Club acknowledges the decision of The Football Association and will now work closely with Paul and his coaching staff to ensure that the penalty imposed does not affect our short or long-term objectives."

Ince will now miss games against Wigan, Blackburn, Ipswich, Nottingham Forest and Birmingham and will return on November 30 for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday.