ACCRINGTON Stanley midfielder Sam Finley has accepted his charge of violent conduct from the Football Association for an alleged stamp on Lyle Taylor at Charlton Athletic last weekend.

The 26-year-old is waiting to hear whether he will be suspended for the visit of Derby County in the FA Cup on Saturday but he could be hit with a lengthy ban with the FA stating that it is alleged the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient.

Stanley boss John Coleman said Finley had apologised for his actions but said the midfielder did not stamp on Charlton's Taylor.

"What you see doesn't lie, he has got involved like other players have got involved," said Coleman of the incident.

"He has been foolish. I know Sam and there is not a great deal of malice in him.

"He hasn't actually caught the lad but he has put his foot in there where he could endanger someone.

"He knows it is wrong. He has apologised to the club, we had already dealt with it ourselves internally, and any further action we will have to live with it.

"Sam is apologetic for it, he knows he shouldn't be doing it and we have had to have a word with a few of our lads to say that we shouldn't be getting involved in these situations, it doesn't look good for the club and it doesn't look good for football in general."

The incident created a social media storm in the aftermath of the game, which Stanley lost 1-0, and Coleman felt Finley was not the only one who could have been punished.

He added: "The shame is that he isn't the only one who transgressed in that incident and yet he is the one, because it has been highlighted on Twitter and social media.

"That is a danger that is creeping into the game. If you are going to do it then it should be independent and every aspect of the game should be looked at because lots went on in that game that could have been punished."

The Reds saw Jonny Maxted sent off following the brawl in the closing stages at the Valley, with Charlton's Taylor also dismissed.

The latter will serve a three match ban but Maxted's red has been rescinded, something Coleman believes was the right decision.

"It helps that we get him back but we suffered the consequences of having to change the shape and change the keeper," he said.

"We have to move on."