City duo punished by FA

Ian Clarke Norwich City's assistant manager Lee Clark will be banished to the stands for the Canaries' opening Championship fixture at Coventry after getting a one-match touchline ban by the FA today.

Ian Clarke

Norwich City's assistant manager Lee Clark will be banished to the stands for the Canaries' opening Championship fixture at Coventry after getting a one-match touchline ban by the FA today.

But boss Glenn Roeder will be able to be in the dug out for the August 9 curtain raiser after a two-match ban imposed on him was suspended for the 2008/9 campaign.

The management duo were hauled before the FA's regulatory commission in London and admitted a charge of improper conduct relating to the fall out from an incident at the end of City's late 2-1 defeat against Bristol City at Ashton Gate on March 29.


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The furious pair confronted referee Andy D'Urso after he had awarded a controversial free kick which directly led to the Robins' winner

Roeder's suspended touchline ban - which takes effect from the Coventry match - would be activated if he was found guilty “of a similar offence” during the coming season.

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Roeder was also fined £1000 and Clark got a £500 fine.

Both were warned by the commission about their future conduct.

Both Roeder and Clark attended the hearing but no details have been released about it and the club said neither would be commenting on the outcome.

Clark attended the City XI pre-season friendly against Dereham Town at Aldiss Park with the Canaries team managed by first team coach Paul Stephenson in the absence of Roeder.

The Ashton Gate incident happened at the end of a highly-charged game and the defeat meant City were still in the relegation mire.

Norwich winger Lee Croft was adjudged to have handled the ball although it appeared to have clearly struck home defender Jamie McCombe.

An incensed Roeder confronted D'Urso in the centre circle at the final whistle.

“I have never ever in all my life remonstrated with a referee straight after a game by walking on to the pitch,” said Roeder in his post-match press conference. “I am not pleased with myself, I am not pleased with myself at all but that was how strong I felt about D'Urso's performance particularly the incident that led to their winning goal. I have got the fourth official screaming in my ear, 'Glenn, the Bristol City player has handled the ball'. I can clearly see that and that's before the free kick has been taken. He even actually came over before the free kick was taken and the fourth official told him it was a Bristol City player that handled the ball.

“He wouldn't listen and the ball ends up in the back of the net. It's not acceptable. If a referee got that wrong on a Sunday morning pitch he'd be cried down. If D'Urso can't get those simple decisions right my God where's he going? That was disgusting what happened to us.”

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