Tottenham defender Dawson handed FA charge

October 21, 2008

Michael Dawson has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association and could face an increased ban as Tottenham bid to recover from their worst ever start to a league season.

Dawson was dismissed in stoppage-time of the defeat to Stoke on Sunday and the charge relates to how he reacted when Lee Mason showed the red card.

The 24-year-old centre-back, who received a three-match ban for his tackle on Mamady Sidibe, has until 6pm tomorrow to answer the charges before a regulatory commission hears the case the following day.

The FA are likely to add another game to his suspension, while other options include handing out a further two matches or keep the ban as it is and issue a warning.

Head coach Juande Ramos needs as many options as possible due to Ledley King being unable to play twice in a week at the moment, leading him to be rested at Stoke.

Dawson and King are in the squad to face Udinese in the UEFA Cup on Thursday but more important is the clash against Bolton at White Hart Lane on Sunday when Spurs look for their first league win of the season.

Ramos' decision not to use King backfired dramatically at the Britannia Stadium as Dawson's dismissal ruled him out for at least three games. If King plays in Italy he will not play against Bolton.

Chairman Daniel Levy is thought to be on business and is not expected to travel to the Udinese game, where he would be faced with questions from travelling Spurs fans.

Levy has been reported to have received abusive emails from fans and the appointment of Damien Comolli as sporting director has been heavily criticised - with the Frenchman tipped to leave the club.

Fans will confront Levy at the club's AGM, which will be held after financial results are released, but Spurs are not planning on announcing the figures this week.

''The mood was very low in the dressing room after the (Stoke) game because nobody likes to lose,'' admitted striker Darren Bent.

''But we're trying to keep the spirits up despite being bottom of the league, because we know the only way is up, we just have to start winning games.''

Returning to the UEFA Cup will be a welcome relief for Ramos, who won the trophy in consecutive seasons at Sevilla.

''The mood in the squad is okay, but everyone knows what the situation is and nobody expected to be in this position,'' said midfielder Luka Modric.

''The next league game against Bolton could be the turning point in our season if we win because things will look so much better.

''We believe in ourselves and know we can win games because we have enough quality to do so, even though we haven't shown it yet.

''It's difficult to assess my own performances at the moment. I know I can play better, but I think we all can.

''It's not about individuals. If we play better as a team, then we can expect better days and better results.''

Spurs have even been offered help from former White Hart Lane favourite David Ginola, who would be willing to return in some capacity to aid Ramos.

''I would love to help them,'' Ginola said, speaking at the launch of Braun's new online reality show 'Smoothside Challenge.'

''I would love to be back at White Hart Lane, to bring back a bit of spirit, a bit of knowledge about the game. A team is a family, if you forget that you will not be able to have success.''