Cove and Sheran have charges to answer as SFA act over play-off


Cove Rangers and their manager John Sheran have been charged by the SFA following their defeat in the League Two play-off final.

The Highland League champions were beaten 3-2 by Cowdenbeath at Central Park last Saturday in the second leg.

The Aberdeen side were unhappy with the controversial winning goal, with their goalkeeper Stuart McKenzie appearing to be fouled by Jordyn Sheerin, which allowed Brad Smith to score.

Cove ended the match with eight men.

Paul McManus was dismissed for dissent before captain Eric Watson, Scott Ross and boss Sheran were sent off by referee Steven Kirkland following a mass brawl in injury-time.

Blue Brazil boss Gary Bollan was also sent off.

As a result, both Cove and Cowdenbeath have been charged with a breach of Rule 204: “Where three or more players and/ or members of team staff from one team are involved in a confrontation with opposing players and/ or members of team staff of the opposing team during and/ or directly after a match.”

Cove boss Sheran and Cowden counterpart Bollan and his assistant Ian Flaherty have also been charged with a breach of Rule 203.

The rule states that: “No member of team staff shall commit misconduct at a match.”

The SFA have given those charged until Tuesday, May 22, to respond with a hearing set at Hampden for Thursday, June 21.

If found to have breached Rule 204 Cove can be fined £100, £500, £1,000 or the maximum fine for a non-SPFL club of £2,500.

While Cowdenbeath can be fined £250, £1,000, £,2500 or the maximum fine for a League Two club of £5,000 if they are found to have breached Rule 204.

if found guilty of a breach of Rule 203 then Sheran, Bollan and Flaherty can be given a two-match, five-match or 10-match touchline ban or they could also receive the maximum punishment, which is …read more

Source:: Evening Express – All articles

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