FA reveal Tim Sherwood’s foul-mouthed tirade towards League One referee

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Being a football manager can be a highly rewarding job for the best in the sport, but for most it is harsh, brutal, testing and emotional.

However, it seems that can be the case for key figures throughout a football club - not just the managers.

Back in February, former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood - who is now the director of football at Swindon Town - was banned for two games by the Football Association after the club decided against appealing the 48-year-old's punishment which saw him fined £2000.


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Referee Mark Brown reported Sherwood to the governing body for his foul-mouthed tirade at half-time during Swindon's eventual 1-0 away loss to Bury, after the home side converted a controversial penalty that saw Raphael Branco penalised for apparent shirt pulling inside the box.

But Sherwood took exception to Brown's decision and couldn't restrain his anger during the interval, with his club in serious threat of relegation to League Two.

The Robins had lost each of their last three league games going into the game at Gigg Lane, so when the decision against the visitors was made, it's understandable that Sherwood was somewhat frustrated.

However, the manner in which he confronted the official has proven to be rather shocking after the FA revealed what Brown claimed Sherwood said to him at half-time.

Sherwood's scathing attack on referee

"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 f***** in the ground that's f****** seen it you f****** mug'. He then started pointing aggressively in my face," Brown reported.

"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 f****** 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 approx 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 'f*** off you mug'. I then entered my dressing room area and informed the stewards of my decision and that if Mr Sherwood tries to come down into the technical area he should not be allowed."

Swindon troubles deepen

It was certainly an unwanted distraction to the on-field matters at Swindon, but Sherwood's two-game absence appeared to help the League One struggles - for two games at least - as they won away to Coventry and at home to Gillingham.

Swindon have since suffered four defeats upon Sherwood's return from his stadium ban, with the Robins currently 22nd, seven points shy of safety.

Since joining the club back in November, it's clear that things are certainly not going to plan for Sherwood who made his football comeback after being dismissed as Aston Villa boss back in 2015.

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