Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has been handed a one match touchline ban after clashing with officials in his team’s defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday. The Villa manager was sent off by referee Jon Moss following Bernardo Silva’s controversial opener in City’s 2-0 win.
Tyrone Mings, who was involved in the controversial goal, took to Twitter questioning the offside rule and branded it. ‘nonsense’. The FA charged Dean Smith on Thursday with “abusive and/or insulting language towards a match official”.
The FA confirmed today that the Villa manager would serve a one-match touchline ban, which would see him miss their match against Newcastle on Saturday.
An FA statement read “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 against Manchester City FC.”
Despite accepting the FA charge, Dean Smith insisted he did not regret the comments he made against the officials. The Villa manager added “I will accept the charge of insulting the officials.”
“I certainly didn’t abuse them. That’ll be the end of the matter.”
“I don’t really regret it. That’s just my way of dealing with the situation – a touch of sarcasm.”