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Irish striker Madden charged with abusing official during play-off defeat

The Fleetwood Town striker was sent off as his side’s hopes of promotion from League One were dashed.

Fleetwood Town striker Paddy Madden.
Fleetwood Town striker Paddy Madden.
Image: Martin Rickett

PADDY MADDEN HAS been given until tomorrow to respond to a Football Association charge relating to Fleetwood Town’s clash with Wycombe Wanderers last Friday.

Madden was dismissed in the closing stages of Fleetwood’s 4-1 home defeat in the first leg of the League One play-off semi-final.

After going down in the box, the Dubliner was booked for simulation. His protests over being denied a penalty then resulted in the referee producing a second yellow card.

The once-capped Ireland striker subsequently missed the second leg on Monday, when Joey Barton’s side could only manage a 2-2 draw as they sought to overturn the deficit in a bid to reach the final at Wembley. 

Madden has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3, with the governing body explaining in a statement: “It is alleged that the forward’s language and/or behaviour in the 85th minute of the game was improper and/or abusive and/or insulting.”

It was a sour way to end what had otherwise been a good season for Madden, who was Fleetwood’s top scorer for 2019-20 with 18 goals in all competitions.

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