Crawley and Bradford to face FA charges after mass brawl
19:40 GMT, 29 March 2012
The Football Association charged Crawley and Bradford following the mass brawl at the final whistle of their League Two clash on Tuesday.
Crawley players Pablo Mills and Kyle McFadzean must also answer individual charges of violent conduct.
Shameful behaviour: Bradford and Crawley players brawl
Referee Iain Williamson sent off five
players, including Mills, as the two sides swapped punches in the
minutes after Crawley’s 2-1 win.
Mills faces an instant three-match ban and could get a longer suspension.
McFadzean, who escaped punishment on the night, and Mills have until 6pm on Friday to respond.
The clubs have been charged for
failing to ensure their players and/or officials conducted themselves in
an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.
They have until 4pm next Tuesday to respond.
Riot: Bradford keeper Jon McLaughlin is escorted from the field by Crawley's Michael Kuipers
Bradford’s Jonathan McLaughlin, Luke
Oliver and Andrew Davies and Crawley’s Mills and Claude Davis all
received red cards from Williamson.
The FA studied video footage of the punch-up before acting and Crawley
have promised to conduct their own internal investigation into the
A statement read: 'Crawley Town Football Club are in receipt of the charges brought by the Football Association in respect of the incidents at the end of Tuesday's match against Bradford City.
'Chief executive Alan Williams is conducting a full investigation, which will include player statements, taking appropriate legal advice and will then respond to the respective charges within the timescales outlined by the FA.
'There will be no further comment from Crawley Town on this matter until investigations are complete and any hearings have taken place.'