Charlie Austin Could Receive A Ban For What He Did To Manchester City Fans

Charlie Austin Could Receive A Ban For What He Did To Manchester City Fans

Southampton striker Charlie Austin might just have a ban coming his way for a gesture he did to Manchester City fans in his side’s 3-1 defeat at St Mary’s.

Austin, who was booked for a late challenge on Fernandinho, was replaced by Shane Long in the second half and as he left the field of play, clearly stuck two fingers up at the visiting supporters.

The travelling fans jeered the former Burnley and QPR striker as he was subbed and he in turn responded with the classic “V” sign, with Sky Sports cameras picking it up perfectly.

Should referee Paul Tierney report that he did not see the incident, a three-person FA panel will watch footage and decide whether a ban is warranted.

In recent years, there have been mixed results when it comes to players producing “obscene gestures”.

Back in February, Troy Deeney celebrated his penalty against Chelsea by sticking his middle finger up at their fans at Vicarage Road but because of an unanimous verdict, ended up getting let off the hook.

However, when Jack Wilshere channeled his inner ‘Stone Cold Steve Austin’ by flipping the bird to City fans in 2013, he ended up getting hit with a two-game ban.

Luis Suarez, meanwhile, was banned for one game and fined for his offensive sign to Fulham fans in a 2011 Premier League game at Craven Cottage.

Should Austin be punished?

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Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field – including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.


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