Southampton’s Austin suspended for offensive gesture

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Southampton striker Charlie Austin has been suspended for 2 matches after making an offensive gesture in the direction of Manchester Metropolis followers.

Austin admitted making the two-fingered motion as he was substituted within the second half of Southampton’s 3-1 defeat in opposition to Metropolis at St. Mary’s in December.

“The striker admitted his gesture in or across the 68th minute of the sport in opposition to Manchester Metropolis on 30 December 2018 was abusive and/or insulting,” an FA assertion learn.

Austin’s absence might be a blow to struggling Southampton as they battle to keep away from relegation.

In 2013, Jack Wilshere, then taking part in for Arsenal, confirmed the center finger to Manchester Metropolis followers in a 4-2 defeat on the Etihad Stadium, leading to a two-game ban.



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