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FA confirm no investigation for Forest Green Rovers boss Mark Cooper after review of referee’s report following win at Leyton Orient

The Football Association have confirmed they will not be investigating Forest Green head coach Mark Cooper following a touchline argument during Rovers’ 4-2 victory at Leyton Orient on Saturday.

Orient’s interim manager Ross Embleton claims he was called an “impostor” and then asked “who do you think you are, Justin Edinburgh?” in reference to the O’s’ late manager, who died aged 49 after suffering a cardiac arrest in June.

Embleton was sent off after spitting his chewing gum in Cooper’s direction amid the row.

Cooper said: “I’m pleased the FA have given such a swift and clear statement on this matter.

“I can assure everybody that nothing like that was said – it’s wrong that Justin’s name was dragged into this. We’re now focused on a really important game against Crewe Alexandra.”

Forest Green chairman Dale Vince reported on Saturday evening that Cooper denies saying this or anything like it. The official statement went on to say the club will co-operate fully with Leyton Orient.


“The club firmly denies these accusations and will co-operate fully with Leyton Orient in any investigation that may come in the wake of the game. Justin was a close friend of the manager and deserves the utmost respect,” the Forest Green Rovers statement said.

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