Southampton Striker Suspended for 2-Finger Salute
Southampton striker, Charlie Austin, has been banned for two matches after making an offensive gesture towards Manchester City fans.
During the Saints’ clash with the Citizens on 30 December 2018, the 29-year-old directed a two-fingered sign towards the fans as he was substituted in the 68th minute of the match.
Manchester City went on to beat Southampton 3-1.
The Football Association (FA) released a statement on the matter, in which they mention Austin admitting to making the gesture.
As a result of his action, the striker will now miss the Saints’ Premier League match against Leicester City tomorrow, as well as the FA Cup third-round replay against Derby County on Wednesday, 16 January.
This is not the first time Austin has found himself surrounded by controversy. In 2016, he received a three-game ban for violent conduct following a clash with Huddersfield goalkeeper, Jonas Lossl.
Image: Charlie Austin. [online image] (2019) sourced on 11 January 2019 from: https://sm.imgix.net/16/47/charlie-austin.jpg?w=640&h=480&auto=compress,format&fit=clip