Neil Warnock hit with fine after referee comments

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The FA have fined Neil Warnock £9,000 for comments he made about referee Craig Pawson after Crystal Palace's 2-1 home defeat to league leaders Chelsea on October 18.

The referee in charge of the game awarded his first red card of his Premier League officiating career when he dismissed Cesar Azpilicueta for a rash challenge on Mile Jedinak. Moments later, Damian Delaney saw red after committing a second bookable offence. 


Palace manager Neil Warnock said despite the equal amount of players each side had, the sending off of Delaney inspired Chelsea's emphatic victory over the Eagles.

The 65-year-old insisted after the match that: "the Chelsea players influenced Pawson to send off Delaney". A personal hearing was held on Wednesday after the Palace boss denied these claims, however he was found guilty and punished with a £9,000 fine and a warning about his future conduct.


After the hearing, the FA released a statement which read: "“Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Wednesday 5 November 2014], Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has been fined £9,000 for misconduct in relation to post-match media comments."

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Warnock told the Guardian before the Monday night tie with struggling Sunderland: "I don't think I can change the way things are, but I have to change myself".

The comments over referee Pawson were not the only remarks made on officials by Warnock recently. In his post-match conference after the 2-0 defeat against Hull, the 65-year-old accused Tigers defender Michael Dawson of elbowing Fraizer Campbell and claimed that Mike Dean should have sent off the centre-back.However replays showed that the incident was accidental and the referee had got the decision right.

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