Morecambe supporters have paid £1,000 in fines and costs charged to the manager Jim Bentley by the Football Association for improper conduct. He had been sent to the stands during the League Two club’s defeat against Cheltenham Town in December because of his reaction to Alex Kenyon’s red card.
Bentley’s reaction also led to a two-match touchline ban and he has been warned about his future conduct. Bentley was not in the dugout for Morecambe’s 4-1 win over Notts County on Saturday. Supporters collected money during the match and upon receiving the cash Bentley, who has managed the club since 2011, was reduced to tears.
“The Morecambe manager used abusive and/or threatening words towards an opponent or opponents and/or his behaviour amounted to improper conduct,” read an FA statement. “The charge was in relation to an incident in or around the 39th minute of the game against Cheltenham Town on 17 December 2016.”
Morecambe is currently working under serious financial constraints and are operating under a transfer embargo. Bentley joined the club as a player in 2002 from Telford United, and went on to make almost 300 appearances for them.
Morecambe is 17th in League Two and have won two of their last four matches.
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