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Artell: "Perry Has To Learn From Mistake"

4 January 2018

David Artell says he has ‘little sympathy’ for his defender Perry Ng after he accepted a four-game suspension for his involvement in an altercation with the Cambridge United forward Jabo Ibehre on December 30th.

Ng was allowed to play in the subsequent fixture against Grimsby Town on New Year’ Day, but was later punished on video evidence.

The Crewe boss admits that Ng went over the line of what is acceptable on a football pitch.

“I saw what Perry did in the incident and what he did is not acceptable on a football pitch, “said David.

“I said to him afterwards that we thought he had got lucky and had got away with it but when I was informed that the FA had been in contact, I knew instantly what it was about. You just cannot do those things and kick someone on the pitch.

“He was bang to rights and he will serve his punishment. He has to learn and now we are without him for four games.

“It happened with 30 seconds of the game to go and now he is missing for four games. It was a massive price to pay for very little.

The Alex boss added: “Perry plays close to the edge to get the best of himself and that is fine, but he has to know where the line is and unfortunately he crossed it against Cambridge. I have little sympathy for him but I am not going to bash him too much because he has done exceptionally well for us this season.”

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