Watford striker Troy Deeney has been fined £20,000 by the Football Association for his post-match comments after his side’s game at Bournemouth.
Deeney accused referee David Coote of “bottling” several decisions in his side’s 3-3 draw with the Cherries on January 2.
He admitted an FA charge, accepting that his interview “questioned the integrity of the match official and/or were personally offensive in relation to the match official”, the governing body announced.
The 30-year-old, who scored twice in the thrilling draw, felt Dan Gosling should have been sent off for a foul on Tom Cleverley and that his side should have been awarded a penalty after Nathan Ake handled the ball in the area.
He said on a Match of the Day interview: “I think the referee, to be fair, bottled it on a few occasions. There’s a handball right at the end. I’m not one to hammer refs, but he bottled it on a few occasions today.”
He was handed the fine following an independent regulatory commission hearing on Wednesday.
Watford boss Javi Gracia said he would not ask Deeney to be more mindful of his comments in future.
“All of my players show character and personality,” Gracia said. “Troy is Troy and I accept the way he is.
“Sometimes his words maybe sound different, but I know he is a very good person, and he helps the rest of the team. Everybody can make a mistake.
“Like all the players, sometimes he is right and sometimes he is wrong. He does a lot of things well and I prefer to give value to those things, and not the mistakes.”
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