Stoke City chairman Peter Coates found guilty of improper conduct

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has been fined £5000 over comments made about referees that “alleged and/or implied bias on the part of referees and/or brought the game into disrepute,” reports Sky Sports.

“We feel we don’t always get fair treatment and that is all we are asking for. There does seem to be a bias towards other teams. You always feel that because we have a good crowd that gets behind the team, referees seem to think, ‘I will show them who’s in charge here’,” said the Stoke chairman last month.

The Potters chairman denied the charge initially, but was found guilty by the independent regulatory commission. He will be forced to pay a further £1500 for the hearing itself, said a statement on the FA’s official website.

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