8:06pm Tuesday 20th November 2012
By Sports Desk
The Football Association have charged Neil Warnock with improper conduct for his comments about referee Mark Halsey following his side’s 1-0 defeat at Millwall on Sunday.
The Leeds manager spoke out in his post-match comments after the official dismissed Luke Varney just three minutes into the second half for an apparent elbow on Adam Smith.
Warnock said: “The amount of effort that’s gone into the game and we’re talking about a refereeing decision – it’s scandalous.
“When you watch the sending-off again, we don’t have thousands of Millwall fans screaming at us. It’s not caught him where he’s holding when he’s gone down.
“Referees aren’t as consistent – they’ve gone backwards, I think. I didn’t think someone of Mark Halsey’s quality and experience would have gone straight for his red card and I think he’ll be disappointed when he sees it. But that will do us no good.”
Warnock has until 4pm on Friday to respond to the charge.
Meanwhile, Leeds have recalled on-loan striker Dominic Poleon from Bury just 24 hours after the 19-year-old agreed to extend his stay at the League One club.
Poleon, along with Whites team-mate and fellow loanee Zac Thompson, was expected to feature for the Shakers at Scunthorpe tonight.
But with injuries affecting several of his key attacking options, Warnock has decided to exercise the 24-hour recall clause in the forward’s deal.
“Ross (McCormack) isn’t 100 per cent fit as yet and, with Luke Varney missing out for the weekend, we’re a few bodies light,” said the United boss.
“Dominic has done well at Bury. He’s played some matches, scored some goals and he comes back to us match fit.”
Poleon found the net three times in his eight appearances for the Gigg Lane outfit.
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