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Tuesday, January 3, 2006
Improper conduct charge for Blackburn's Nelsen

Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after accusing referee Mark Halsey of having 'a nice track record' of dismissing Rovers players.

His comments were made following Blackburn's 2-0 defeat to Everton in the Premiership on December 3, a match in which Rovers had skipper Andy Todd sent off for a handball offence.

Rovers were incensed with the decision, as Todd made minimal contact, but Halsey decided he had prevented a goalscoring opportunity.

Nelsen, who recalled Halsey dismissing Zurab Khizanishvili earlier in the season, said at the time: 'The sending-off changed the game, but it happened with the same referee against Liverpool.

'He cost us points in that game and he's cost us points in this game as well. For some reason he likes giving red cards to us.

'It's the referee who decides, not the linesman, and he asked what he wanted to hear. He's got a nice track record of sending off Blackburn players now, so something might be up.

'You can tell when they think they might have made a mistake because they don't want to listen. Sending Andy off was ruthless.'

The FA decided Nelsen has a case to answer, stating: 'The comments implied bias by the match officials.'

New Zealand international Nelsen, a 28-year-old who joined the club from DC United last January, has until January 17 to respond to the FA charge.

•  Also, Blackburn winger Morten Gamst Pedersen insists he remains content at Ewood Park despite being linked with a move to Tottenham.

The 24-year-old Norwegian international was on target for Rovers in their 2-1 win over Portsmouth last night and reports suggested he could be a target for Tottenham boss Martin Jol.

However, the player insists he has no reason to leave the Ewood Park side for their Barclays Premiership rivals.

'It's positive that clubs are following you as it means you're a good player,' he told Norwegian daily VG.

'But I'm getting on fine at Blackburn. Tottenham are not that much better than us if you look at the table.

'We're starting to build a good team ourselves.'

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