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Holloway gets two-game touchline ban

Ian Holloway will not be in the dugout for the next two Premier League games after Crystal Palace declined to appeal his touchline ban.

Holloway's conduct against Tottenham has earned him a two-match ban.
Holloway will not be in the dugout for Palace's trip to Old Trafford.

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Holloway will have to pay an £18,000 fine as well as sit out Palace's trip to Manchester United on September 14 and the following week's visit of Swansea City to Selhurst Park as punishment for the improper conduct charge brought against him by the Football Association.

The sanctions relate to his behaviour during and after Palace's 1-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on the opening weekend of the season.

An FA statement confirmed that Holloway was found in breach of FA rule E3 for his "language and/or behaviour in or around the match officials’ changing room after the game" and his "post-match comments [which] constituted improper conduct in that they questioned the integrity of the match referee and/or match officials in general, and/or implied that the match referee and/or match officials in general were motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute."

After the Spurs match, Holloway told the BBC: "I've got to learn what a foul is because I thought Nacer Chadli deliberately bodychecked Stephen Dobbie, smashed him down and ran off with the ball.

"If the referee didn't see that, the assistant should have. You have to ask if he's good enough if he didn't see that. I don't see how he can miss it. It's going to be a long hard season for me with these people [referees].

"I had this with Blackpool. Certain clubs get fouls and others don't. Tottenham will feel that if they play Man United. Do I think I would have got that at Tottenham? No I don't. I just want a bit of fairness. I want a foul like anyone else would have got one. I've got a horrible taste in my mouth after that."

Holloway's last stint in the Premier League also led to disciplinary action when, in January 2010, Blackpool were fined £25,000 by the Premier League for fielding what it ruled was a weakened team in a 3-2 defeat to Aston Villa the previous November.


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