Aston Villa boss hit with one-match touchline ban
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Aston Villa boss hit with one-match touchline ban

Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith has been hit with a one-match touchline ban and a fine of £8,000 for using abusive and insulting language towards a match official at Manchester City.

Smith was charged by the FA on Thursday following his altercation with referee Jonathan Moss and fourth official David Coote at the Etihad Stadium the night before.

Smith was sent-off by Jon Moss after first receiving a yellow card for asking whether the officials had “received juggling balls for Christmas?” before then making another remark. The Villa boss had been furious at the circumstances which led to City’s 79th-minute opener, when Tyrone Mings was dispossessed by a player coming back from an offside position.

An update from the FA said: “Dean Smith has been banned from the touchline for one match with immediate effect and fined £8,000 after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3 and accepting the standard penalty.”

“The Aston Villa FC manager used abusive and insulting language towards a match official in the 81st minute of their Premier League match on Wednesday [20/01/21] against Manchester City FC.”

The 49-year-old is now banned from the touchline for Saturday’s clash at home to Newcastle United after responding to the charge.

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