GazBaz charged with misconduct by FA
It was a game of drama, emotion and casualties of war - but one man didn't take the winning goal lightly.
December 11th, 2012
After that bloodthirsty battle between the Mancs this week, it emerged that Gareth Barry has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association – not the follow-up headline you’d expect to read after all that, but what the hey.
The FA is taking action in relation to “a breach of its Rule E3 in that he used abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official” – said to have occurred after the final whistle of a blistering match between Man City and Man United at the Etihad Stadium.
The headlines were stolen by the dramatic circumstances in which Robin van Persie’s free kick won the game for United – after which winning defender Rio Ferdinand was struck by a coin thrown by a City fan. But with this charge on the table – thought to be related to the free kick decision during a tirade against the fourth official – Barry has two options: accept the charge, be banned for one game and fined £8,000 – or fight it and risk a two-game ban and 12k.
It’s another tough blow to City fans – following their exit from Europe and derby defeat, they could stand to lose a player who has started 15 of the last 17 City matches and has proved solid in covering for attack-minded players in recent weeks. Barry has until 4PM Thursday to answer the charge.