What Neil Warnock told Anfernee Dijksteel after setback at Swansea as Middlesbrough boss reacts to FA charge

Middlesbrough defender Anfernee Dijksteel will be sidelined for three or four months with an ankle injury.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 11:09 am

The 24-year-old was forced off during Boro’s 2-1 defeat at Swansea after he was on the receiving end of a tackle from Swans full-back Ryan Manning.

Warnock was unhappy with several decisions at the Liberty Stadium and the club have been charged by the FA for 'allegedly failing to ensure that its players and/or club officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion after the final whistle.”

"I think I’ll let the club deal with that now,” Warnock told BBC Tees when asked about the FA charge.

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Neil Warnock and Anfernee Dijksteel.
Neil Warnock and Anfernee Dijksteel.

"When they ask me straight after matches you know you are going to get a reaction and that’s how I am, I don’t see why I should give them any more.

“I am going to be charged next week as well I would imagine so we’ll have to see what’s what and you just have to get on with it.”

"The only probloem I have is when charged for surronding the referee, yet the five Swansea lads who screemed blue murder and ran towards the referee before he gave the penalty nothing was done.

“Also we have a lad Manning who kicked out at Dijksteel and now he's out for three or four months and needs an operation, same as the Blackburn centre-half who kicked Dael (Fry) and nothing was done.”

On Dijksteel, Warnock said: “He has done ever so well and to be taken out of the game with something as cynical as what it was, he didn’t deserve that.

“When you do something like that you have to take the consequences but the lad Manning doesn’t seem to have any consequences and we have a lad out for three or four months who needs an operation."

"I thought he (Dijksteel) was just enjoying it and the freedom of playing in different positions, me letting him go forward, I thought he looked a real threat.

"I just said to him ‘listen, you know the situation, I don’t want you eating all these Easter eggs and putting weight on. You have to look after yourself, get yourself fit and be ready for pre-season hopefully.”

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