Warnock hit by FA conduct charge

26 February 2010 03:20
Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock has been charged with improper conduct for his comments in the wake of 14 February's 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.Warnock called for assistant referee Trevor Massey to be banned for wrongly awarding a corner that led to a late Villa equaliser in the FA Cup tie. [LNB]"I hope he is suspended for a long time," said Warnock. [LNB]Warnock, who has been strongly linked with the manager's role at Queens Park Rangers, has until 12 March to respond. [LNB]"We were let down by incompetence. The referee had a great game. He was let down by somebody who had a very poor game," said Warnock immediately after the fifth-round match.[LNB] Was Warnock in the right to have a go? Shane After reflecting on his comments, Warnock told BBC Radio 5 live on Monday 15 February that he hoped Massey would be banned for two or three games. [LNB]"I hate officials smiling when they've done something wrong - it really bugs me," he said. [LNB]Palace had led 2-1 at Selhurst Park when the ball appeared to go out of play off Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso. [LNB]But Massey chose to award a corner, believing the ball to have last hit Palace frontman Alan Lee. [LNB]From the corner, midfielder Stiliyan Petrov powered home a header to earn Villa a replay.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] The Football Association gave Warnock a week to explain his comments before charging the 61-year-old. [LNB]Palace subsequently lost 3-1 in a replay at Villa Park with the hosts scoring their opener from another questionable corner. [LNB]Their Cup run had provided Palace, currently lying 22nd, with a diversion from their Championship relegation battle. [LNB]The south London club were docked 10 points after slipping into administration in January with debts of approximately £30m. [LNB]Teenage striker Victor Moses and defender Jose Fonte were offloaded during the transfer window, and it appears that Warnock may follow them out of the club. [LNB]When asked after his future after the Villa defeat, the former Sheffield United manager refused to discuss remaining at Palace beyond Saturday's match away to Doncaster.

Source: BBC_Sport