Aston Villa boss Dean Smith will serve a one-game touchdown ban against Newcastle after accepting a charge from the FA.
The 49-year-old was sent off in Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City and accused of using abusive and / or insulting language towards referee Jon Moss.
Things heated up on the sideline at Etihad Stadium as Smith appealed against City’s controversial first goal in the second half, which sparked another VAR storm.
Bernardo Silva produced a good finish to give the hosts the lead, but it came after teammate Rodri came back from an offside position to rush in and dispossess Tyrone Mings.
In real time it seemed certain the goal would be ruled out, but instead the VAR allowed it, citing the Laws of the Game which meant that Mings’ “ deliberate ” play of the ball effectively meant Rodri’s position didn’t matter.
The manager of Villa Smith was then kicked out by Moss as he raged at officials over the decision.
The FA confirmed the punishment of the Villa manager on Friday evening, adding that he had also been fined £ 8,000.
Smith asked officials if they had any juggling balls for Christmas.
“I will accept it reluctantly. I will accept the accusation of insulting officials. I certainly haven’t abused them and that will be the end of the matter, ”said Smith, who will be in the stands for Saturday’s visit to the Magpies’ Premier League.
“I don’t really regret it. It’s just my way of handling the situation, a touch of sarcasm.
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Former chief of referees Keith Hackett criticized Moss for the official’s ‘arrogant’ attitude towards Smith.
Hackett, a former Premier League referee and former PGMOL general manager, joined talkSPORT host Jim White to weigh in on the stages, and admitted that Smith should have known the law and therefore shouldn’t have acted like he did. ‘did.
But he added that if he was still at the head of the UK referees he would have a word with Moss on Thursday morning about his conduct towards Villa coach.
He said: “In the case of Dean Smith and the showdown, I would ask Jonn Moss this morning, ‘Tell me exactly why you were near the technical area, and why the fourth official didn’t. couldn’t handle the conflict? ‘
“Conflict exists when you step into someone’s space and Dean Smith was clearly unhappy, therefore, stay out of his area.
“He could have snatched the yellow card – if it was the direction of the fourth official – at a distance of ten or fifteen meters, turn around, then run away.
“He wouldn’t lose his credibility there, but if you step into a manager’s space and things heat up, in that situation you ignite the conflict.
“You are also giving the message to the audience: ‘Look at me, I’m arrogant as a referee because I suddenly gave him a red card.’
“The last thing we want is for a manager to not be able to do his job from the sideline.
“So I would ask how we could have avoided this situation.
“As a referee you’re in the entertainment business, but it’s not the referee who needs to entertain, you have players who want to entertain.
“Dean Smith overstepped the mark out of frustration, and at the end of the day he will be punished. In my opinion, you need to think about how you can handle this situation without the ultimate punishment of throwing it out. “