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 By PA Sport

Troy Deeney avoids punishment for post-goal gesture vs. Chelsea

Watford striker Troy Deeney will avoid a formal punishment from the Football Association over his goal celebration in the 4-1 victory over Chelsea on Monday night.

Deeney broke the deadlock from the penalty spot but courted controversy when he appeared to make an offensive gesture towards the Vicarage Road crowd.

A three-man panel failed to agree on whether his action merited a retrospective red card, so Deeney, who has already served three- and four-match bans this season, only faces a written warning regarding his future conduct.

Troy Deeney scored Watford's opener on Monday.

An FA spokesperson said on Twitter: "Watford's Troy Deeney will not face any formal action following his goal celebration during the game against Chelsea on Monday [05/02/18].

"Video footage was referred to a panel of three former elite match officials who were asked to consider independently whether it was a red card offence.

"The response was not unanimous, therefore, no disciplinary action will follow. Nevertheless, The FA will write to the player and warn him as to his future conduct.''

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