Leeds United face big fine over Doncaster Rovers brawl UPDATED

Trouble flares in the tunnel last February
Trouble flares in the tunnel last February
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LEEDS UNITED and Doncaster Rovers have been fined for their part in the brawl that marred the February derby clash between the two clubs.

Leeds were handed the punishment and warned about their future conduct after admitting a charge of misconduct over the incident on February 18.

United’s 3-2 victory over Doncaster – played on the day of Neil Warnock’s appointment as Leeds manager – ended with players from both sides fighting in the tunnel shortly after the final whistle.

Trouble flared after Leeds fought back from two goals down to win the game with a goal from Luciano Becchio scored seven minutes into stoppage-time.

A Football Association inquiry was delayed while West Yorkshire Police investigated the fracas but the governing body has finally delivered its verdict almost eight months after the Championship fixture took place. Doncaster received a fine of £20,000 having also admitting a breach of FA rule E20(a).

United’s penalty is half the maximum £50,000 permitted by FA guidelines for the charge brought against the club.

Leeds were accused of a “failure to ensure its players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.”

The club were previously found guilty of the same offence in May 2011 following a brawl in a game against Burnley.

United received a penalty of £12,500 and were “severely warned” about their future conduct having paid a fine of £7,500 after a similar incident at Nottingham Forest earlier in the 2010-11 season.