Birmingham City coach Marcus Bignot charged for 'abusive language'

Birmingham City Women coach Marcus Bignot has been charged by the FA for allegedly using ‘improper, abusive or insulting language’.

According to the FA, Bignot is accused of an “aggravated breach” for his language used during his side’s match against Tottenham Hotspur on February 13th.

His words ‘included a reference, whether express or implied to sexual orientation’.

Birmingham City lost the match 2-0. Ashleigh Neville and Ria Percival scored two goals in the latter stages of the match to secure the victory for Tottenham Hotspur.

The FA has given Bignot until April 4th to provide a response in appeal, while Birmingham City has said they will make no further comment at this time.

The 47-year-old Bignot is a former football player, featuring for teams such as Bristol Rovers, Queens Park Rangers and Millwall during his 24 year.

Bignot became manager of Birmingham City Ladies in 1998, balancing the role with his playing career. He left his post in 2005 after the club ran into financial difficulties, but returned in 2011 as a consultant.

After a number of other management roles, Bignot was hired by Aston Villa Women last year on an interim basis. He acted as a mentor to the existing coaching team, led by Gemma Davies.

Bignot left Aston Villa in May, having helped the club secure Women’s Super League survival, and rejoined Birmingham City to assist interim head coach Darren Carter in November.

He is also joint manager of National League North side Guiseley and assistant coach of the England under-19s.

Birmingham currently sit at the bottom of the WSL, and look set to be relegated at the end of the season. They have four points, with their nearest rivals Leicester City on 12 points. There are five matches left to play.

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