Plymouth striker escapes punishment

Michael Doyle holds his head in his hands after the incident with Jamille Matt Picture: Joe Pepler

Michael Doyle holds his head in his hands after the incident with Jamille Matt Picture: Joe Pepler

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JAMILLE MATT has escaped punishment after his play-off clash with Michael Doyle.

The FA have decided not to act over the incident between the Plymouth striker and the Pompey skipper in Thursday’s 2-2 draw.

And Paul Cook will be free to take his place in the dugout on Sunday after being sent to the stand at Fratton Park.

Matt used his head in the altercation – and the Blues were left fuming when he was allowed to stay on the pitch.

Cook was then dismissed for his reaction, along with Plymouth first-team coach Paul Wotton.

Referee Oliver Langford later confirmed he didn’t see the clash – leaving the path clear for retrospective action.

But an FA panel deemed the action from Matt was not worthy of a ban.

Cook spoke to the official after the game, as well as today, having a conversation with referee’s chief David Allison.

Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin confirmed the Blues boss will be able to take his place in the dugout for Sunday’s trip to Home Park.

But there could still be punishment for Cook and Wotton when a panel discuss their run-in next week.

Catlin said: ‘We understand there will be no suspension for Sunday’s game.’

Cook admitted the conduct of both benches on Thursday was not acceptable.

He said: ‘You can get engrossed in the game.

‘But the behaviour of both benches at that time was not respectful to each other.

‘Both benches have to look at themselves and think they have to be better role models.

‘The only apology you can give is getting caught in the emotions of the game.

‘Their bench was saying we wanted their lad sent off. We did. What’s the problem? He should have been sent off.

‘But we shouldn’t engage in touchline stuff like that.’

– JORDAN CROSS

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