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It's not fine

ACCRINGTON STANLEY look set to face a £10,000 fine after they reached 15 red cards for the season following the Lancashire FA Marsden Trophy final loss to Morecambe.
DEJECTED... The Stanley players watch Morecambe lift the trophy.

ACCRINGTON STANLEY look set to face a £10,000 fine after they reached 15 red cards for the season following the Lancashire FA Marsden Trophy final loss to Morecambe.

And chairman Eric Whalley has vowed that it is the players who will have to pay out the cash.

Dean Calcutt and Rory Prendergast were both shown straight reds as Stanley finished with nine men in the 3-1 aggregate loss to Morecambe on Tuesday night.

The Reds had been told to clean up their act by the Football Association in February or face a fine - and the chairman has said it won't be the club who suffers financially as a result of the ill-discipline, if the FA come down hard on Stanley.

"It is diabolical," slammed the Stanley chairman. "It is not good enough. What is the point of working hard behind the scenes to give the club stability to go full-time next season, if the players just throw it away with stupid reactions? "

"The team has got to have a good look at themselves as it is not good enough. They have got to get their own house in order. The two sendings off on Tuesday night - they both only had themselves to blame and no one can argue about that."

"All the players will be hit heavily in their pockets as they have got to learn to stop reacting to things. They will pay the fine not the club - and it will be £10,000. This season has been a learning curve and we have got to make sure we don't repeat the same mistakes next season. The discipline has got to improve."

Calcutt felt his dismissal was harsh as, although he tackled Wayne Curtis from behind, it was Morecambe's David Perkins who pushed the winger to the ground which led to a melee.

But the 28-year-old is determined to try and not get involved in volatile situations from now on.

"John said to me I was unlucky but I do seem to get myself involved in these kind of things. I have got to make sure I stay away in future," said Calcutt who had only been on the pitch 10 minutes.

"I am disappointed and we all know our disciplinary record is poor. It wasn't a dirty game but that incident seemed to set everything off."

Boss John Coleman, who also saw Robbie Williams dismissed in Saturday's 2-0 loss to Chester, admitted: "It is like a nightmare unfolding before my eyes. To have three players sent off in two games will lead people to called us kickers, dirty players and that we are badly disciplined."

"I think only Rory really deserved the dismissal. The referee said he didn't want to send Robbie off on Saturday but, because it was a foul in the area, he felt he had to. But there is no hiding behind the fact our disciplinary record is not good enough and this is yet another set-back we need to address."

"We felt we had worked on it and now we have to deal with it again until it is right. If that means bringing other players in then so be it. We have got to avoid any situations and sort it out and that includes the players and Jimmy (Bell) and myself."