Why Middlesbrough, Birmingham, Leo Percovich and Sean Rush have been fined after Riverside bust-up

Middlesbrough and Birmingham have been fined £7,500 and £9,000 respectively following the touchline altercation at the Riverside earlier this month.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 6:54 pm
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 6:54 pm
Middlesbrough and Birmingham have been fined following a touchline incident at the Riverside earlier this month.
Middlesbrough and Birmingham have been fined following a touchline incident at the Riverside earlier this month.

Both clubs accepted charges for failing to ensure their officials and/or players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.

The Blues thought they had scored a late winner in the 87th minute of the match yet the goal was ruled out for a head injury.

With tensions running high, members of both benches were involved in a touchline bust-up, with Boro coach Leo Percovich at the heart of it.

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Percovich has subsequently been banned from the touchline for two matches and fined £3,000 after admitting his behaviour amounted to improper conduct.

Birmingham’s Head of Performance Sean Rush has also been banned from the touchline for one match and fined £2,000 for his involvement.

The decision means Percovich won’t be in the dugout for Boro’s games against Blackburn and Brentford.