Stoke City midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo may have to make do without his club’s manager on the sideline for some upcoming fixtures, following reports that The Potters’ gaffer, Gary Rowett has been charged over his actions in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Birmingham City.
Footballlive.ng learnt that Etebo’s 44-year-old head coach was sent to the stands by the match referee, Roger East after Stoke had two appeals for penalty awards turned down.
Going up against his former club, Rowett protested his innocence after the game, which left Stoke 17th in the English Championship, and Etebo’s coach now has until 6pm on Friday October 25 to respond to the charge.
An FA statement that revealed an impending hammer for Etebo’s coach read: “It is alleged that his language and/or behaviour in the 87th minute of the fixture was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.”
In reaction, Etebo’s club’s boss said: “I felt there were two handballs in the box in all fairness.
“The first one hits his hand but it is down by his side. The second one the player puts both hands out to the side.
“OK he doesn’t move them to the ball but when you are two yards away you are purposely putting your hands out to block the ball.
“It hits his hands, it’s a blatant penalty, no matter how many times you watch it and we don’t get the break.”