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Blackpool boss hit with ban

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Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has been given a one-match touchline ban and £9,500 fine for his language and behaviour towards match officials after his team's Barclays Premier League game against Blackburn on September 25.

Holloway admitted a Football Association charge of improper conduct after confronting referee Mike Dean in the tunnel following the 2-1 loss at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders boss was furious Brett Emerton's injury-time winner was allowed to stand despite a suspicion of offside and what he felt was a foul on Gary Taylor-Fletcher in the build-up.

Holloway said after the match: "I thought the referee had a poor game and he is going to report me for what I said to him in the tunnel.

"I can't believe what he saw. I thought there were some unbelievably strange decisions out there.

"I waited for him in the tunnel. Never mind, I have got to learn and I should know better - but it is ridiculous.''

A regulatory commission heard the case on Tuesday, taking into consideration a previous incident on his disciplinary record - when he served a two-match touchline ban for improper conduct towards a match official at Blackpool's meeting with Ipswich in January.

The ban will be served with immediate effect, meaning he will not be in the dugout when Manchester City visit Bloomfield Road this weekend.

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