Tinkler cited for reporter rant

Newcastle Jets owner Nathan Tinkler is in hot water with Football Federation Australia after an alleged rant at a sports reporter following the club’s 4-3 loss to Sydney FC last Friday.

Witnesses allege the fallen mining magnate made a beeline for Newcastle Herald’s Robert Dillon and in a heated verbal attack lasting 15 minutes told the Walkley award winning journalist: "I hope you get cancer and die."

According to Fairfax Media, Tinkler has been in contact with Dillon since the incident to clear the air.

Dillon was awarded a Walkley for sports journalism last year following his detailed coverage of Tinkler's failing sports empire which once included the Newcastle Knights rugby league club and vast racing interests.

Earlier in the night the Jets owner mixed it with fans during the match and looked in high spirits.

In a brief statement FFA said: “Tinkler has been asked to explain certain conduct he is alleged to have engaged in after the conclusion of the official post-match press conference for the Hyundai A-League Round 26 match between the Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC”.

Tinkler faces a fine or ban from Hunter Stadium if he is found to have breached the FFA National Code of Conduct and has until 5pm Friday May 1 to make a submission.

The Jets are currently sitting last on the A-League table and play their last game of the 2014/15 campaign tonight (Friday) so any sanction would apply to next season.