A bad week for Bradford City has got a little worse with the news Marcel Seip has been ruled out for the season with injury. The Dutchman has missed the last three games due to a shoulder injury and requires an operation. He would presumably have been Phil Parkinson’s first choice to fill in for the suspended Andrew Davies and Luke Oliver, but is out for longer than the disgraced pair.
Seip has been playing at left back for most of this season, and his lay off means Matt Fry may have to take that slot for the rest of the season – although Chris Mitchell can play left back also. All in all, last week’s decision to pay up Robbie Threlfall’s contract looks badly timed in hindsight.
Meanwhile the FA has charge City and Crawley Town following Tuesday’s brawl. Both clubs have until April 3 to respond to the charge of:
“…failing to ensure that their players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour. The clubs have until 4pm on 3 April 2012 to respond to the charge.”
Interestingly, Crawley’s Pablo Mills and Kyle McFadzean have received further charges from the FA. Mills relating to a matter “outside of the jurisdiction of the match officials” and McFadzean for something the referee missed but which was picked up on camera.