Stoke and Barnsley bench brawl fallout leads to £27k fine and seven-game bans

Coaches from both Championship sides were involved in unsavoury scenes following the 1-1 draw at the bet365 Stadium earlier this month

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Stoke City and Barnsley have both been punished following a fracas involving coaches from both clubs.

The closing stages of the match on September 15 was marred by the incident.

Stoke assistant Dean Holden, Potters’ coach Rory Delap and Barnsley’s assistant Joseph Laumann were all shown straight reds by referee Leigh Doughty.

It came after an innocuous incident when both sides struggled to get the ball back after it went out of play near the byline.

Barnsley boss Markus Schopp attempted to retrieve the ball from Holden but struggled to get it back, leading to a fracas between both benches.

Stoke City coach Dean Holden (right) clashes with Barnsley manager Markus Schopp during the Championship game earlier this month

Players then became involved, attempting to separate the individuals and fan the flames.

Both clubs have now been fined for breaching FA rules. Stoke were fined fined £10,000 and Barnsley £8,000.

In addition, Laumann was handed a two-game touchline ban as well as a £2,500 fine while fellow Barnsley coach Tonda Eckert was given a three-game ban and a £2,750 fine.

Meanwhile, Holden and Delap were each given a one-game ban and fined £2,000 and £1,800 respectively.

It totals more than £27,000 in fines and will see four coaches miss a combination of seven matches.

Today, Barnsley have said they feel the punishment was “harsh”.

A statement on their website said: “As a club we believe the punishment handed out to our staff is harsh and we stand by them.

“Notwithstanding the above, we apologise as a club for the inappropriate conduct on the night.”

Stoke have yet to publicly comment.

The enthralling match between the pair finished 1-1 after Barnsley Cauley Woodrow saw his free-kick cancel out Sam Surridge’s opener.

Barnsley goalkeeper Bradley Collins was vital to his side earning a point against Stoke

Reds’ goalkeeper Brad Collins then saved a penalty from Mario Vrancic before making a clutch of saves that proved vital in preserving a point.

Stoke, fifth in the Championship, travel to Preston North End tonight.

As for 20th-placed Barnsley, they host Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

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