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REFS' FURY AT DOUBLE STANDARDS
PORT Talbot Town manager Wayne Davies has been fined and banned by the same FA of Wales committee who let off a rival manager for a similar four-letter outburst.
The disciplinary panel has come under fire for finding TNS manager Ken McKenna not guilty of swearing at a linesman, despite admitting the charge.
He claimed he had used "industrial language" and said if players were sent off for swearing there would be no-one left on the pitch.
But on the same night the same panel which cleared McKenna has fined Davies £125 and banned him for two matches after he swore at a referee during Port Talbot's Welsh Premier match at Caersws.
Davies is refusing to comment on his punishment or on the fact that McKenna got off.
"I don't want to get involved," he said.
The disciplinary commission was made up of Neath secretary John Harris, David Griffiths of Maesteg Park and Mike Casey of Treharris.
Head of the FAW's disciplinary department, Paul Evans, said: "Each case is considered separately and stands on its own merits.
"There's no precedence and nor does one set the precedence for future hearings.
"The facts of the cases were completely different."
Despite Evans' explanation, the treatment of two managers for the same offence, is bound to raise some eyebrows.
McKenna is full time at TNS and has recently become a pundit for BBC Wales.
Davies, on the other hand, is enjoying his first season as a manager in the top flight.
Referees are said to be furious at McKenna's escape and National Referees Officer Rodger Gifford is expected to comment when he returns from an overseas engagement this week.
[with thanks to the Port Talbot Guardian]
20 October 2021
 
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