Doncaster Rovers boss Grant McCann faces FA charge after Tranmere Rovers red card

Doncaster Rovers boss Grant McCann has been charged by the Football Association following his red card against Tranmere Rovers.
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McCann was given his marching orders by referee Ben Speedie at the end of the first half after he stopped Tranmere from taking a quick throw-in when the ball came to him in the dugout.

Doncaster went on to win the match 2-1, with McCann forced to watch the second half from inside the dressing room on a delayed TV feed.

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Writing in his programme notes ahead of tonight’s visit of Salford, McCann said: “I'd like to apologise.

Rovers manager Grant McCann.Rovers manager Grant McCann.
Rovers manager Grant McCann.

"I was caught a bit off guard by the whole incident, especially when the referee came over an I’ll admit that I wasn’t aware of the rule.

"To be fair to the referee, he was sympathetic but said his hands were tied because of what the rules say.

"Having to watch the rest of the game from the changing room wasn’t enjoyable at all but thankfully the lads got the job done and picked up another very good three points.”

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McCann’s sending off meant he was not allowed to conduct his usual post-match interview, with Doncaster assistant Cliff Byrne deputising in his place.

An Football Association (FA) spokesperson told The Free Press a touchline dismissal does not trigger an automatic ban.

Instead, further punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis if they are issued.

McCann has until Thursday to respond to the charge.

He has already served a one-match touchline ban this season after receiving three yellow cards, forcing him to watch his side from the stands with a headpiece to communicate with staff in the dugout.