FA charge Robinson for ref rant

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KARL Robinson has been charged with improper conduct following his dismissal against Colchester on Monday.

The Dons’ manager reacted angrily to some of referee Carl Berry’s decisions during the first half of the 1-0 win at stadium:mk, and letting him know by marching on the pitch at the break to remonstrate with the official.

Robinson has until Friday at 4pm to respond to the charge and could face a touchline ban, ruling him off the sidelines when his side take on Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

“They were given a free kick that was never a free kick and it was plain for all to see,” explained Robinson. “In the melee, I had a player that was nearly knocked unconscious so I’ve gone on to see if he was ok.

“Jabo being the iron man that he is bounced back up, and I turned my frustrations towards the referee. That shouldn’t have happened because he should have got the decisions right.

“Maybe I said it in a disrespectful way, which I apologise for, but I hope he comes out and apologises too. I’m man enough to do it, he’s got to look at the decisions he made and hopefully he’ll hold his hands up for the number that were wrong.

“The players saw the anger in me, but I told them to let me be the one to voice the views on the officials – don’t let it affect your games.

“The players acted so professionally considering they didn’t get a single decision their way.

“It’s easy to give free kicks on the halfway line, it won’t affect the game either way. There were some decisions that were bordering on the lines of cheating.

“But I’ve apologised publicly now, and I hope he does the same, but I doubt he has the bottle to.”

Robinson must now wait to hear whether he will be given a touchline ban for his misdemeanor or whether he’ll be able to go head to head with Warnock in the dugouts.

But regardless of Robinson’s whereabouts on Saturday, the game looks set to be a stadium filler, with more than 15,500 tickets thought to be sold already for the clash.

And with two Premier League scalps under his belt in his 18 months at the club, including the spectacular 4-0 Carling Cup victory against Norwich City this season, Robinson cannot wait for 3pm on Saturday.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “I might have to watch it from the stands, but the whole club is looking forward to it and it should be a great day.

“It’s a chance to test ourselves against a big Premier League side.

“The Premier League is such an unforgiving division, with a few bad results you can find yourself slipping down the table, but League 1 isn’t too dissimilar either.

“The gulf between the teams’ financial spending ability is ridiculous but we will give our all.

“We have an inner belief and a unity. When you play two games in two days, you see different sides to people – there will be people who want to give in because they’re tired and people who don’t. We took it to the next level against Colchester so when we get these Premier League sides you know we’re not going to fall short on effort.

“QPR are a massive football club in west London. I’ve been to see them many times and their fans are great, but they’ve got some great players too and we’re looking forward to challenging ourselves against them.

“It’s a chance for the players to take on the best in the country.

“There aren’t many of our players who have played in the Premier League – only Luke Chadwick and Darren Potter have been there so maybe they can use their experience to help the others.”

And Robinson says he’s not worried about what side QPR field on Saturday, and that Dons will approach the game in the same way regardless of their line-up.

Neil Warnock can boast a host of Premier League experience in his squad including Anton Ferdinand, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joey Barton – though the latter could be suspended for the game following his red card on Monday against Norwich.

“Whatever Neil Warnock decided to do is up to him,” Robinson said. “He has an ultimate goal of staying in the Premier League and whatever side they put out will be well equipped to beat us in his mind.

“We have to be sure that whatever they do, we can beat them too.

“We’re not there to make up the numbers on Saturday, we want to win the game. I don’t know how to approach a game any other way.

“We’re going to have a right good go, with two teams eager to get into the fourth round.”

Dons have only one injury concern going into the game, and that is Charlie MacDonald.

Having played over the New Year with an injury, Robinson highlighted the Colchester game as a more important game to risk the striker rather than against QPR, but believes he will be fit and ready to go when the league campaign continues.

He said: “We will be without Charlie MacDonald for the game. We had to make the decision as to whether to play him against Colchester or in the FA Cup.

“With our goal being to get out of League 1, we chose Monday’s game.

“He had an injection after the game to take the swelling down and we want him fit for the Carlisle game next up.”