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Southampton striker Charlie Austin gets two-match ban for 'abusive' gesture

Manchester City were given early worries, but returned to winning ways with a 1-3 rout of Southampton at St Mary's.

Southampton striker Charlie Austin has been handed a two-match FA ban for making an abusive gesture towards Manchester City supporters during a Premier League game at St Mary's last month.

He will miss Saturday's league visit to Leicester City and Wednesday's FA Cup third round replay at home to Derby County but will be back for the Jan. 19 game with Everton.

Austin, 29, was caught making a two-fingered gesture towards a section of booing away fans while being substituted during Southampton's 3-1...

Weekend numbers: Messi's 43rd hat trick for Barcelona; Ronaldo gets Juve's 5000th

Liverpool went back to the top of the Premier League table with an emphatic 3-1 win over Manchester United, while Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus to yet another milestone with a goal in their 1-0 derby win against Torino. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi did Lionel Messi things (scored three, assisted two) as Barcelona thrashed Levante 5-0. Here are the best numbers from the weekend's action:


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Lionel Messi is the first player to reach double figures for both goals (14) and assists (10) in the top...

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Southampton's Charlie Austin sidelined for at least two months

Charlie Austin came close to winning it for Southampton, but headed over.
Charlie Austin will not return immediately after his suspension ends.

Southampton will miss Charlie Austin for at least two months after the striker suffered a hamstring injury.

Austin suffered the problem last weekend against Huddersfield, limping off the pitch with 11 minutes remaining.

He has scored five goals in his last seven Premier League games, but was already serving a three-match ban for violent conduct for a kick to the face of Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.

Manager Mauricio Pellegrino said Saints were awaiting the results of a scan, but said...

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Southampton's Charlie Austin given three-match ban for keeper kick out

Southampton forward Charlie Austin will miss three games after accepting a Football Association charge for violent conduct.

The FA announced that Austin had argued that the suspension -- earned for kicking Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl -- was excessive, but that his case had been rejected.

Lossl was left with a bloodied face and a suspected broken nose following the incident in Saturday's 1-1 draw at St Mary's Stadium.

Austin, who scored his fifth goal in five starts and later went off with...

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Claude Puel must take some risks to save his job at Southampton

The biggest criticism levelled by Southampton fans at manager Claude Puel this season is that he is too cautious, and that cautiousness could plunge him closer to the sack at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Though a meaningless clash between one team already doomed to life in the Championship and another who struggle to score goals will hardly set pulses racing, for Puel it represents once last golden chance to save his job.

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Southampton's Charlie Austin set for three or four months out injured

Charlie Austin was injured during Southampton's Europa League draw with Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

Southampton striker Charlie Austin will be out for three or four months with a dislocated shoulder, manager Claude Puel has confirmed.

Austin, 27, was substituted in the first half of Thursday night's 1-1 draw with Hapoel Be'er Sheva at St Mary's Stadium, which ended the Saints' hopes of progress through to the knockout stage.