Finley red card poses problem for Chally

Sam Finley in action for the CoastersSam Finley in action for the Coasters
Sam Finley in action for the Coasters
AFC Fylde midfielder Sam Finley faces suspension and a club fine in the wake of his sending off in the 3-1 midweek defeat at Lowestoft.

Finley was red-carded for dissent to the referee – it was a second red card of the season, so his ban could be as long as four matches.

And manager Dave Challinor, whose side visit Stalybridge Celtic in the National League North tomorrow, has indicated that the club will take their own disciplinary action against the player.

He said: “Sam should know better.

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“The club will suffer, the team will suffer and you just can’t do that kind of thing. He has not learned – maybe that is one of the reasons why bigger clubs have decided against coming in for him.

“We could now lose him for three matches or maybe four depending on what is said in the referee’s report and the fact that he has been sent off already.”

Finley’s suspension does not kick in for another 11 days and he is available for the Stalybridge match and the following week’s match at home to Alfreton.