Wanderers Win Charles' Case

Wanderers have been successful in their claim of mistaken identity regarding the dismissal of Dion Charles in Tuesday night’s win over Forest Green Rovers.

The FA upheld Wanderers’ case in support of Charles and transferred an immediate three-match suspension to Whites’ forward Elias Kachunga.

Top-scorer Charles, who was sent off after scoring his 13th goal of the season to seal a 1-0 win over Forest Green, will now be available for selection against Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Wanderers' manager Ian Evatt confirmed that Kachunga would face internal discplinary action over the incident involving Forest Green defender Brandon Cooper which landed Kachunga a ban for violent conduct.

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The Wanderers' forward has since publicly apologised and Evatt insists now is the time to move on to protect the well-being of Kachunga and the assistant referee involved. 

“Both Kacha and the linesman are human beings and people make mistakes," said the Wanderers' boss.

"Both were very apologetic for the mistakes. The linesman apologised immediately after the game. We take his apology and move on. We are human beings and we must take care of each other. The tirade of abuse on social media just needs to stop - on both.

“Constructive criticism is fine. We’re in an industry which is subjective and people have opinions on football.

“We have to respect that. We put ourselves out there for constructive criticism but when that becomes personal and steps over the line it really affects people’s mental health and we have to be careful and cautious with what we say and do to each other.

“Both the linesman and Kacha were both very upset post-game but now it’s about supporting them, understanding it was a genuine mistake from both parties and we’ll move on.”

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