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Wigan Athletic faces fifth FA charge after Lincoln City ‘mass confrontation.

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Wigan Athletic will face their FIFTH Football Association fine of the season, and their SIXTH in the last 14 months, after another’mass confrontation’ during last weekend’s triumph at Lincoln.

Tempers flared during the seventh minute of stoppage time at the end of the match, which Latics won 2-1 to deny the host team’s play-off ambitions.

Latics have previously been fined about £30,000 for earlier offences this season, including incidents against Burton, Stevenage, Port Vale, and Bolton.

In the final of those games, they were fined £9,000, compared to only £2,500 for Bolton, despite an independent Regulatory Commission recognizing it ‘had been instigated by a Bolton player’.

Latics’ ‘past’ counted against them, and another accusation so soon after that is unlikely to elicit compassion from the authorities.

Lincoln City and Wigan Athletic have been prosecuted following a huge brawl at their EFL League One match on Saturday, April 13, according to an FA statement.

“It is claimed that both clubs failed to ensure that their players did not engage in inappropriate and/or provocative behavior in the 97th minute.

“Lincoln City and Wigan Athletic both have until Friday, April 19 to provide a response.”

Following the Bolton incident, Latics manager Shaun Maloney informed the Commission that he and his staff were ‘working hard to eradicate such instances in the future’ since they did not reflect the club’s ethos, style of play, or the standards I set for my players.

However, in its conclusions, the Commission decided that they were’very concerned this was the fourth substantiated charge already this season’ and that ‘despite (Maloney’s) words, it formed the judgment that Wigan did not appear to have learned from previous mistakes.”

Latics were also punished significantly for an incident in Maloney’s debut game as manager, a goalless Championship draw against Blackburn at Ewood Park in February last year.

Maloney has also served a touchline ban this season due to accumulated yellow cards, despite being one of the most open-minded managers on the circuit when it comes to questionable officiating decisions.

 

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