Helston manager Sid Taylor charged with misconduct by Cornwall FA

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Helston Athletic manager Sid Taylor has been charged with misconduct by the Cornwall FA following an investigation into an incident at Kellaway Park last month, but the Blues boss may yet appeal against the decision.

Helston were trailing Wadebridge by a goal to nil when Taylor was sent from the dugout by referee Tim Burley for using ‘foul and abusive language’ which, according to the referee’s report, included an accusation of cheating aimed at officials, and the use of a five letter expletive deemed too offensive to print.

After the game Taylor confronted Burley to protest his innocence, claiming the foul language had come not from him, but from visiting linesman Garvin Reynolds and was aimed at Taylor himself.

At the time the Blues boss said he felt the decision to send him off was “like schoolboy bullying” and “an easy option.”

“I did call him a cheat,” Taylor said, “but after that the linesman swore at me. The referee heard it, came over and instantly blamed me for the whole lot and sent me off.”

He went on to say that he saw little point in appealing the charges because the Cornwall FA were unlikely to listen to him.

“I’ve been there and done that,” said Taylor. “When the referee says one thing and you say another, who are the CFA [Cornwall Football Association] going to listen to? You might as well zip your mouth and say nothing.”

Now the Packet has obtained a copy of the referee’s report which appears to back up Taylor’s claims.

In it, referee Tim Burley states: “During the second half I removed [Taylor] from the technical area for using foul and abusive language.

“I believed he had shouted ‘you ******* cheating *****’ towards the match officials.

“It has now been pointed out to me by a reliable source that he did not use the last word, and it was the club assistant in response to him being called a cheat.”

The admission by Burley that he was unsure of where the insults had come from, and who they were directed at, has prompted Helston officials to consider an appeal.

Club secretary Steve Gilbert said: “If Sid wants to appeal I’ll go with him to the hearing. The referee’s report mentions that he changed his mind because of this ‘reliable source.’ He can’t say things like that, he has to be sure himself before he sends people off.

“The whole thing’s got more holes in it than a colander.”

Taylor has until December 19 to appeal the decision or plead guilty and face a fine and a touchline ban.

Speaking before his side’s game against St Blazey at the weekend, Taylor reiterated his feelings about Cornwall FA discplinary hearings.

“Is there any point appealing when all they do is listen to the officials anyway? It ends up being a farce.”

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