Watford striker Troy Deeney received a three-match ban after clash with Stoke City Joe Allen

Troy Deeney

 

Watford striker Troy Deeney has been given a three-match ban after clashing with Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen on Saturday.

The forward appeared to placed his thumbs on Allen’s face as order broke down during the Premier League game.

While referee Michael Oliver already booked both men at the time of the incident, the Football Association reviewed the incident and Deeney was charged with violent conduct.

“Troy Deeney will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA charge of violent conduct and accepted the standard penalty,” the FA confirmed in a statement.

Troy Deeney grabs Joe Allen
Troy Deeney grabs Joe Allen

 

Deeney will miss games against Everton, West Ham and Newcastle United after the international break.

Watford and Stoke, on the other hand, have also been charged with failing to control their players and have been given until Friday to respond.

Allen claimed, however, that the incident was not that big and was nothing personal.

“It was handbags, really,” he said. “I like Troy, he’s one of the good guys, he’s a really good player and it was nothing personal.

“We were clinging on at the end and expecting the ball back because we had a man down injured, they were chasing the equaliser and decided to play on.

“I was disappointed to get a yellow card because it means I’m now walking a bit of a tightrope, but these things happen and there wasn’t really anything to it.”

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