FA charges Watford Deeney captain after referee criticism

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Troy Deeney

The English FA has charged Troy Deeney over his criticism on referee David Coote during Watford’s 3-3 draw with Bournemouth earlier this month. The Hornet’s captain took issue with the referee’s decision not to send off Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling after a hard challenge on Tom Cleverly.

After the game Deeney did not hide his disappointment, also referring to his teammate Abdoulaye Doucoure not receiving a red card. “Doucoure probably did get lucky, but you can’t tell me that their boy [Gosling] did not try to do Tom Cleverley. They know it, we know it, but the referee bottled it on a few occasions today.”

The veteran cente-forward has been given until January 15 to respond to the charge. Deeney could now be serving a suspension, but could also walk away with a fine from the FA. In the rollercoaster 3-3 draw with Bournemouth, Deeney scored two goals for Watford.

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