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I can see you Dowd!!

By Alan G
March 16 2007

Paul Jewell has hit out at the FA after being charged with “improper conduct and/or bringing the game into disrepute” following his criticism of referee Phil Dowd after the controversial 2-1 defeat at Arsenal on February 11th. Paul Jewell has hit out at the FA “

This new charge relates to the comments he made about Dowd after the game. Latics complained to the FA and Premier League about Dowd's conduct, and also to referees' chief Keith Hackett, with Latics claiming "that a number of their players were verbally abused in an aggressive and menacing manner by Mr Dowd".

Jewell faces a hearing at the FA Soho Square headquarters next week to explain both his comments and his actions.

"You can criticise the Pope, the Queen and the Prime Minister - quite rightly in my opinion - but you cannot criticise referees," rapped Jewell.

"If I am asked a question, I will try to give an honest answer. Isn't that what democracy is all about?

"All I am doing is answering questions from the heart, so if they fine me for doing that, then there is something wrong with the game.

"Maybe I should start doing my interviews in Portuguese instead, because I would probably have been all right in that case?"

Jewell has also admitted the he has contemplated taking the matter of free speech to a higher authority. He added: "Taking it to a higher level, a court of law, has crossed my mind.

"Other managers I speak to say the same, but we're all waiting for somebody else to do it."

Jewell continued: "We, as a club, will be fighting this tooth and nail.

"We owe it to our supporters to fight this because if I just shrug my shoulders and do nothing when I feel an injustice has been done, it would be letting them down.

"I have been overwhelmed with the support I have had from inside the game, big figures who I respect a great deal.

"They have told me in no uncertain terms that I must take this all the way, and that's what I intend to do."

Jewell has already admitted an improper conduct offence for confronting Dowd after the game. He has requested a personal hearing over the incident and has until 30 March to respond to the new charge.

You will remember that Jewell was furious that Dowd failed to give a penalty when Mathieu Flamini appeared to bring down Emile Heskey when Latics were leading 1-0, and stormed on to the pitch at the final whistle to remonstrate with the referee.

Camara Speculation

Reports are surfacing that Martin Jol could be preparing a summer swoop for Latics striker Henri Camara, re-uniting him with the lovely Pascal Chimbonda.

Camara has refused to comment on this speculation.

Carlo Nash and his orange face

Super-tanned David Dickinson rival Carlo Nash has extended his stay at Wigan Athletic, keeping him at the JJB Stadium until April 15th.

Jewell angry at City link

Jewell has expressed his dismay at the English press linking him (and Sam Allardyce) with the Manchester City job.

"I am not saying I would never want the Manchester City job," Jewell said. "But what I am saying it is disrespectful for my name to be linked with the job when there is a man already in charge.

"We get too excited when things are going well and are far too critical when things are not going well. Stuart was touted as one of the best young managers in the Barclays Premiership and all of sudden he is no good.

"Somewhere in between is probably the right answer." He said, rather undiplomatically.

Rag Apologises

A local rag apologises for its pitifully inaccurate journalism in the reporting in a young Latics’ fans death. It’s not the first time such shoddy work has gone to print, and it won’t be the last. Read Ye Olde Tree And Crown’s eloquent story here.

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