Newcastle United’s down to earth manager Joe Kinnear has today been fined £500 by the English Football Association for calling referee Martin Atkinson “a Mickey Mouse referee” in our game at Craven Cottage, earlier in the season.
Joe Kinnear – fined £500 – obviously very upset
For a manager who will soon be making a few million a year as the long-term manager at Newcastle, that’s hardly even a slap on the wrist, but there again it was hardly a cause for imprisonment, after all.
At least he will not be banned, but he also has a charge for improper conduct, along with Hull manager Phil Brown still to come, for their little argument on the sidelines a few weeks back.
Reports the Walt Disney Company are bringing libel charges against Joe for comparing Mickey Mouse with Martin Atkinson are unfounded.