Watford’s Troy Deeney fined for ref claims

Watford captain Troy Deeney has been fined £20,000 over the comments he made about referee David Coote following the 3-3 draw with Bournemouth.

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Deeney admitted the charge that the comments he made questioned the integrity of the match official and/or were personally offensive in relation to him.

The Watford captain was certain that Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling should have been given a red card for a heavy challenge on Tom Cleverly and the Hornets were denied a penalty for a handball in the area by Nathan Ake.

In a Match of the Day interview alongside Ryan Fraser, Deeney was critical of the referee’s assessment. “You can’t tell me that their boy didn’t try to do Clevz. He knows it. They know it. Hence the reason of the reaction. He was quoted by the Independent.co.uk

“I think the referee, to be fair, bottled it on a few occasions. There’s a handball right at the end. I’m not one to hammer refs, but he bottled it on a few occasions today.”

In a statement, the FA said: “Troy Deeney has been charged following post-match media cHe has until 18:00 on 15 January 2019 to respond to the charge.”

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