Neville Faces Ban


Manchester United defender Gary Neville is looking at the prospect of a one-match ban, after his behaviour on the touchline following Michael Owen’s late winner in the derby clash with Manchester City at the weekend, according to The Guardian.

Neville, an unused substitute, ran the length of the touchline to the corner of the ground where the away supporters sit. Several City supporters have apparently complained that he mouthed obscenities at them, whilst Blues manager Mark Hughes has accused Neville of acting like “a lunatic”.
The right-back has been in trouble of this kind before, picking up a £5,000 fine and a warning over his future conduct after a similar incident with Liverpool fans in 2006 – something he seemed to remember as he returned to the dugout on Sunday after changing his celebration dance into a warm-up routine, as if he was about to go on. United had already used their three permitted substitutes by then.

That warning has prompted the FA to examine his behaviour on Sunday a little more closely, and if found guilty of misconduct, Neville will face suspension and a possible fine.

The Guardian

~ by footballdirecta on September 22, 2009.

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