Further punishment is a possibility for red-carded Scunthorpe United manager Brian Laws
BOSS Brian Laws says he is unsure whether or not he will receive further punishment from the Football Association after being banished from the dugout at Yeovil Town on Saturday.
Laws watched the second half of Scunthorpe United’s game against the Glovers sat next to vice-chairman Rex Garton in the directors’ box at Huish Park.
He was ordered to sit in the stands by referee Dean Whitestone as the teams came out at the start of the second half as punishment for his reaction to what the Iron thought was a clear, professional foul on Akpo Sodje in stoppage time at the end of the first 45 minutes.
Laws later labelled Whitestone’s failure to award Scunthorpe a free-kick as ‘astonishing’ and that he thought the Northampton official was ‘losing the plot’.
“I wasn’t screaming or shouting, though I was asking very strongly what was going on,” he said.
“I'm still not really sure what went on. If you're going to send me off, surely you do it there and then?
“He (Whitestone) allowed me to go into the dressing room with the players and talk to them about my plans for the second half and then just as we were coming back down the tunnel, he pulled me to one side.
“He said I needed to go to the stand, which was a bit delayed.
“He said he felt there was too much going on at the time to do it then, but if there’s a decision to make, you should make it there and then.”
Whether any further action is taken, most likely to be in the form of a fine for Laws, will depend on what the referee’s report said about the incident.
The Iron boss though stressed that his protestations were out of character which in turn highlighted the importance of the incident.
“I don't know whether there will be any further punishment. It wouldn't surprise me,” conceded Laws, who accepted that the Iron, who lost the match 3-0, had been beaten by a much better team.
“It's been a long, long time since I've been in a heated debate with a referee or a fourth official.
“That tells you it must have been over something very, very serious.”