Stoke City boss Gary Rowett will serve a one-match touchline ban against Sheffield United tonight after he was sent off against Birmingham on Saturday.
The Potters manager was furious that a late handball from a Blues defender wasn’t spotted by referee Roger East, who sent Rowett off after his complaints.
Speaking after the game, the 44-year-old claimed that he hadn’t been abusive towards the official and that he was merely questioning the decision.
“Gary Rowett will serve a one-match touchline ban with immediate effect after he admitted an FA misconduct charge and accepted the standard penalty.”
That means he won’t be in the dugout for the game to Bramall Lane tonight as Stoke look to get back to winning ways.
The defeat against Birmingham halted the momentum the Staffordshire side seemed to be building after successive victories prior to that.
And, they face a real challenge tonight, with Chris Wilder’s side second in the Championship on goal difference at the minute.
This is a blow for Stoke as even though their preparations will be complete, managers can still have an influence from the sideline.
Ultimately though, despite his claims on Saturday, Rowett only has himself to blame.
He’s experienced enough to know what you can and can’t say, even if you are frustrated, and he has accepted his punishment and will have to watch from the stands tonight.
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