Leeds boss Warnock in last-minute bid to avoid touchline ban from FA

Neil Warnock.
Neil Warnock.
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LEEDS manager Neil Warnock has written to the Football Association in a bid to stave off a charge of improper conduct and sidestep a touchline ban.

Warnock said he had “denied the charge and accepted it” after being given until 4pm today (Nov 23) to respond to allegations that he breached FA rule E3 at the end of last weekend’s defeat to Millwall.

Warnock was cited for ordering his players not to shake the hand of referee Mark Halsey shortly after full-time at the New Den.

The charge also relates to comments made by him to Halsey during that incident.

The United boss was angered by the Lancashire official’s decision to send off Luke Varney two minutes into the second half and his later refusal to award a penalty for an apparent foul on Tom Lees.

Warnock faces a maximum punishment of a two-match touchline suspension if the FA finds him guilty.

“There were a lot of things which disappointed me on Sunday,” said Warnock.

“The right thing for me to do, which I did on Wednesday, was to reply in writing. I put forward one or two things that happened.

“I’ve written a letter because it’s a strange one. Without me going into detail, I’ve ticked two boxes. I’ve denied the charge and accepted it. I accept what I said but I deny the charge – if that makes sense.”

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