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Sport Swansea City coach Alan Tate charged over Birmingham City neck grab incident

18:45  22 september  2020
18:45  22 september  2020 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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Swansea City coach Alan Tate has received an FA charge for his heated clash with Birmingham City's Jon Toral.

Tate has until the end of the week to respond to the charge, with a fine, touchline ban and stadium ban all among the possible punishments for the incident, which overshadowed the weekend's game at the Liberty Stadium.

The incident happened as both teams headed towards the tunnel at the end of the first half of Saturday's game, with Tate appearing to grab the Spaniard by his neck.

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The FA is investigating Swansea coach Alan Tate after an altercation with Birmingham City midfielder Jon Toral during Saturday's game. Swansea boss Steve Cooper played down the incident , saying: "It certainly didn't carry on down the tunnel because I went down there.

The man charged - a 61-year-old from Swansea - has been remanded in custody and will appear in court on Monday, South Wales Police said. A man, 21, and a woman, 50 both arrested in connection with the assault - were released under investigation.

A fracas followed as Toral fell to the floor, with players and staff from both teams getting involved.

Tate received no action at the time, and was able to take his place on the touchline for the second half as the two teams went on to play out a 0-0 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

However, after examining the referee's report from the game, the FA has now decided to take further action against the Swans coach.

In a short statement, a spokesperson for the FA said: "Swansea City FC coach, Alan Tate, has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.

"It is alleged that his behaviour at half time of the EFL Championship fixture against Birmingham City FC on Saturday September 19 amounts to improper and/or violent conduct.

"He has until Friday September 25 to respond to the charge."

An independent regulatory commission will meet after the end of the week to decide on a possible punishment, in the event he is found guilty of the offence.

Swansea boss Steve Cooper and opposite number Aitor Karanka both claimed not to have seen the incident when quizzed after the game.

Cooper said: "It certainly didn't carry on down the tunnel because I went down there. Afterwards it was fine - no dramas."

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