Watford striker Troy Deeney Charged and Banned for Three months

Watford striker Troy Deeney facing ban after grabbing Joe Allen around neck and laughing

Watford captain Troy Deeney has accepted his violent conduct charge and will serve a three-match ban with immediate effect.

 

Deeney was charged after a clash with Stoke City's Joe Allen during Watford's 1-0 home defeat on 28 October.

 

Deeney will miss the Premier League matches at Everton on 5 November, West Ham's visit on 19 November and away to Newcastle on 25 November.

 

Deeney, 29 and Allen, 27, were booked after squaring up in injury time last Saturday.

 

Allen reacted angrily when Deeney appeared to attempt a cross, rather than pass the ball back, when Stoke kicked the ball out after an injury.

 

A Football Association statement read: "The misconduct was not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video."

 

Stoke boss Mark Hughes said after the Vicarage Road game that striker Deeney, who appeared to grab Wales international Allen's face, should be punished.

 

Clearly we kicked the ball out and the right thing to do in the spirit of the game is throw it back," he said.

 

"Deeney, the captain of the club, should know better but he shaped to play it into our box and that's why Joe reacted.

 

"More often than not those situations get revisited by people in authority and decisions are made as a consequence."

 

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