Paul Ince Threatened to Knock out Fourth Official, Fans to Wear Masks in Support

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Paul Ince Threatened to Knock out Fourth Official, Fans to Wear Masks in Support
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The fallout from Paul Ince's five-game stadium ban has continued with excerpts of the official Football Association report coming to light.

According to a PDF transcript of the report, published by 101 Great Goals, the Blackpool manager is reported to have threatened to "knock out" fourth official Mark Pottage. 

The minutes of the FA disciplinary hearing quote referee Oliver Langford giving an extraordinary version of events:

At the end of the game as we left the field of play into the tunnel area as a team of match officials we were confronted by a clearly irate Mr Paul Ince. On confronting us Mr Ince asked why he had been sent to the stand. I explained to Mr Ince the reason why he politely had been asked to leave the technical area. It was then a clearly frustrated Mr Ince said 'and where's your busy f***er of a 4th.'

Mark Pottage, the 4th official, was stood behind Mr Ince at this time and said 'I'm here.' Mr Ince then turned around and violently shoved Mr Pottage with 2 hands in to the chest. Stewards then quickly stepped in and tried to usher Mr Ince to the dressing room area. As this occurred Mr Ince, being restrained by stewards and players of Blackpool, was repeatedly shouting in an aggressive manner 'I'll knock you f***ing out you c***' to Mr Pottage.

Ince cannot attend a Tangerines match until November 30 after the incident following the win over Bournemouth last month when Pottage advised Langford to send the former England midfielder to the stands after hitting a female steward with a bottle he threw, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Around 10,000 Blackpool fans will show their support for Ince during Saturday's televised match against Wigan by wearing masks of their manager claim the Daily Mail.

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