Ben Garner responds to FA charges


Ben Garner has confirmed the club will not be appealing the FA charges brought against him following his sending off against Ipswich Town on Saturday.

The manager was charged with two breaches of FA Rule E3 for alleged improper language and/or behaviour in both the 53rd minute and following his dismissal

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been dismissed so it was a new experience, if you like," said Garner. "I still don’t know what I was actually cautioned for and sent off for because, in my mind, I didn’t do anything untoward – there was no foul or abusive language and no aggression in what I said.

"But I have to take responsibility for my actions after that, so in terms of the charges brought against me I have to accept those and I have to learn from those. I just hope other people do the same in terms of their performance and what they did in the game, but as I say I accept responsibility for that.

“The flipside of that and the positive, if you like, is the strong connection with the supporters and the energy that moment created," he added. "The bond I felt with them during that moment was incredible, so on that side of things there are positives to take from it as well.”

Asked if he envisages a potential touchline ban, the manager said: “For me I would see it as a low-level case. I don’t think there is much severity to it. Obviously I apologised for my actions and took responsibility for what I did after being sent off.

"I don’t know is the honest answer, but I wouldn’t envision a touchline ban or anything of that severity. I’ll be submitting my response today and I’m waiting to hear from the FA as to the action that will then be taken.”

The Addicks return to The Valley on Saturday to take on Coalville Town in the Emirates FA Cup first round. Click here to get your tickets.

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