English Premiership

FA charge Holloway

2013-08-20 19:30
Ian Holloway (AFP)

London - Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway faces disciplinary charges over his conduct following his side's Premier League loss to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, the Football Association announced on Tuesday.

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Holloway protested that his team had been the victims of unfair officiating after a second-half penalty from Roberto Soldado gave Spurs a 1-0 win at Palace on the opening weekend of the season.

He is accused of questioning the match officials' integrity and also faces a charge relating to his conduct in the vicinity of the referee's changing room after the game.

"Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has been charged by The FA in relation to two separate matters.

"Firstly, it is alleged that Holloway's language and/or behaviour in or around the match officials changing room at the end of the game amounted to improper conduct," the FA said in a statement.

"Secondly, it is alleged that Holloway's post-match media comments questioned the integrity of the referee and/or match officials and/or implied that the referee and/or match officials were motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute."

Holloway has until 16:00 local time (17:00 SA Time) on Friday to respond to the charges.

Holloway, who led Palace to promotion from the Championship via the play-offs last season, was aggrieved that Spurs winger Nacer Chadli was not penalised for a challenge on Stephen Dobbie shortly before the visiting team were awarded the penalty that decided the game.

Speaking after the match, he told the BBC: "I've got to learn what a foul is because I thought Nacer Chadli deliberately bodychecked Stephen Dobbie, smashed him down and ran off with the ball.

"If the referee didn't see that, the assistant should have.

"You have to ask if he's good enough if he didn't see that.

"I don't see how he can miss it.

"It's going to be a long hard season for me with these people.

"I had this with (his former club) Blackpool.

"Certain clubs get fouls and others don't.

"Tottenham will feel that if they play Man United.

"Do I think I would have got that at Tottenham?

"No I don't.

"I just want a bit of fairness.

"I want a foul like anyone else would have got one.

"I've got a horrible taste in my mouth after that."


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