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20th Mar 2017

Here’s what Tim Sherwood said to a referee to earn himself a stadium ban

"His reply was: 'f*** off, you mug'"

Robert Redmond

Tim Sherwood may have dropped down the divisions, but he’s as animated as ever on the side line.

The former Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur manager has been director of football at League One side Swindon Town since November 2016. Sherwood isn’t your average director of football though.

In fact, it appears as though he’s the team’s manager in all but name. Luke Williams is the Robins’ head coach, and seemingly takes training while Tim looks after tactics, team selection and the transfers.

You know, the fun stuff. Like a game of Football Manager where you designate training to your assistant.

But Sherwood is on the touchline for games and making his presence felt. He has just landed himself in trouble with the Football Association.

The 48-year-old has been hit with a two game stadium ban after allegedly using foul language towards referee Mike Brown, during a game in February against Bury.

Sherwood wasn’t happy with a penalty decision awarded against his team, and let the referee know about it.

The referee’s report about the incident reads:

“After the half time whistle, and as I was walking down the tunnel Tim Sherwood of Swindon Town approached me and said: ‘You’re the only f***** in the ground that’s f****** seen it, you f****** mug’. He then started pointing aggressively in my face.”

“I told him to calm down, and stop pointing at me or he would be sitting in the stands for the second half. He then continued: “I wasn’t even in the dugout, you f****** mug’ and ‘you would be doing me a favour’.

“I told him I wanted to speak to him at my dressing room, but he ignored me and walked off towards the Swindon changing room. I followed him and stood outside and told the coaching staff I wanted Mr Sherwood to come outside as I needed to speak to him.

“After approx 45 seconds Mr Sherwood walked out and walked past me and I informed him that he would be reported for his comments towards me.

“His reply was ‘f*** off you mug’. I then entered my dressing room area and informed the stewards of my decision and that if Mr Sherwood tries to come down into the technical area he should not be allowed.”

Sherwood admitted the FA charge of misconduct and has been fined £2,000 for the incident. Swindon are currently in the League One relegation zone.

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