Southampton striker Charlie Austin has received a two-match ban after he admitted to crude gesture during his side’s Premier League loss to Manchester City in December. The 29-year-old was booed off the pitch after he was taken off and appeared to direct a two-fingered sign towards the travelling City supporters.
The Football Association decided to charge Austin with making ‘an abusive and/or insulting’ gesture towards the City fans. Austin then decided to admit he made the gesture and accept the charges. He will now miss the club’s trip to Leicester City and Southampton’s FA Cup third round replay against Derby County.
Austin’s ban could not have come at a worse time for manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. The German boss is short on forward options with Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini closing on a transfer back to Serie A as he is negotiating terms with Sampdoria.