Swindon Town's director of football Tim Sherwood has been handed a two-game touchline ban by the FA's independent regulatory commission after going on a "foul-mouthed" rant at an official during a recent game against Bury.
News of the incident was quickly reported and punishment was indeed expected, but referee Mark Brown's report of the incident to the FA has since emerged and it's so Tim Sherwood that it's hard to believe it wasn't somebody else parodying the former Aston Villa manager.
A transcription of Brown's report has surfaced after the investigation as reported by TotalSwindon.com, and the sheer frequency of use of the term 'fucking mug' is incredible.
After the half-time whistle, and as I was walking down the tunnel, Tim Sherwood of Swindon Town approached me and said: “you’re the only ****er in the ground that’s ****ing seen it, you ****ing mug."
He then started pointing aggressively in my face. I told him to calm down and stop pointing at me or he would be sitting in the stands for the second half.
He then continued: “I wasn’t even in the dugout, you ****ing mug, and you would be doing me a favour”.
I told him I wanted to speak to him at my dressing room but he ignored me and walked off towards the Swindon changing room.
I followed him and stood outside, and told the coaching staff I wanted Mr Sherwood to come outside as I needed to speak to him.
After approximately 45 seconds, Mr Sherwood walked out and walked past me, and I informed him that he would be reported for his comments towards me. His reply was: “**** off, you mug”.
I then entered my dressing room area and informed the stewards of my decision, and that if Mr Sherwood tried to come down into the technical area, he should not be allowed.
Outstanding from Tactics Tim.
While his behaviour is something that cannot be condoned, and you do legitimately feel sorry for the referee for having had to take that abuse, it paints an hilarious picture of Tim Sherwood reaching peak Tim Sherwood.
For his troubles he was slapped with a £2,500 fine along with the two-game touchline ban.