John Pemberton has this advice for Chesterfield striker Mike Fondop after red card against Sutton United

Chesterfield striker Mike Fondop has apologised for his sending off after the final whistle against Sutton United and is “gutted” he will miss the next three matches, according to John Pemberton.

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 9:07 am

Fondop, 26, was involved in a melee which resulted in him and Sutton’s Craig Eastmond being shown red cards after full-time.

As a result the striker will not be available for the games against Eastleigh, AFC Fylde and Notts County after the club decided not to lodge an appeal.

“At the end of the day he has got caught up in a melee,” Pemberton said.

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“I think initially it was not to do with him, he was coming away from it and he was kicked and he has just reacted to being kicked after the final whistle.

“He knows it is wrong but like I said before he is a player who plays on the edge.

“He can get a little bit hot-headed.

“He is a handful because he does play on the edge.

Mike Fondop was sent off after the final whistle against Sutton United.

“What I have said to him, is like I would say to anybody like that is, once people suss out what you are they will do it all the time.

“If you keep reacting that way you are going to spend a lot of time in the stands and not a lot of time on the pitch.

“He has got to react and conduct himself better than that.

“He has had his strike if you like.”

Pemberton said Fondop’s red card "soured” the win against Sutton but the forward has apologised to him and his teammates.

The Spireites caretaker boss has said he will be a “big miss”.

“I have to say he was really apologetic, he apologised to everyone,” Pemberton added.

“He has come to me and said ‘sorry coach’ and I said I am alright you get one go.

“It does not happen again and he knows.

“He has trained really well.

“He is gutted that he will be missing because he wants to be part of the team.”