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Parkinson protests he was out of his technical area for 15 SECONDS to earn red card at Wolves

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Phil Parkinson feels the Football Association has over-reacted by lumping him with an improper conduct charge for last weekend’s red card at Wolves.

The Wanderers boss will spent at least part of his 50th birthday today constructing a response to send to an independent disciplinary committee in the hope of avoiding a heavy fine and touchline ban.

Parkinson maintains he did NOT use abusive language towards officials and spent just 15 SECONDS outside his technical area during the first-half flashpoint at Molineux.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has also landed himself in hot water with the FA after referee Keith Stroud sent the pair to the stands late in the first half – but Parkinson insists fourth official Anthony Backhouse’s reading of the situation was incorrect.

“I had a chat with Nuno afterwards and he was absolutely fine,” Parkinson told The Bolton News. “I was frustrated by their bench’s reaction to David Wheater’s tackle, nothing more. I thought the fourth official’s call on the incident was way over the top. I felt he over-reacted but then he has had to back that up in his report and what he said to the ref.

“But the evidence is there, there is no foul language, no grabbing hold of each other, no physicality at all, nothing.

“I spoke with Simon Marland (Wanderers’ club secretary), as the thing only came through yesterday but having looked at the incident, I was out of my technical area 15 seconds in total.

“To be sent off for that, I think, is harsh.”

Wanderers host Barnsley tomorrow, with Parkinson cleared to be in the dugout. If an official appeal goes in on Monday and the FA do not overturn the charge, it is likely a two-game ban will be dished out.

“I saw Pep Guardiola on the pitch pushing a fellow player last night, running on the pitch after scoring a goal,” Parkinson added.

“I thought it could have been managed better but then to be sent off as well, I’d probably like my chance to have a chat with the FA about that.”

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