Warnock pleads guilty to FA charge

Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock has admitted a Football Association charge of improper conduct. The Blades boss has requested a personal hearing after aiming a gesture at Norwich counterpart Nigel Worthington moments after his side's 2-1 defeat at Carrow Road on March 18.

Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock has admitted a Football Association charge of improper conduct.

The Blades boss has requested a personal hearing after aiming a gesture at Norwich counterpart Nigel Worthington moments after his side's 2-1 defeat at Carrow Road on March 18.

The date of the hearing has yet to be confirmed.

Warnock, who has confirmed the gesture was meant for Worthington, later revealed he had been incensed the former Sheffield Wednesday defender had ignored his offer of a handshake.


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"I won't deny that I flipped my fingers in his direction, but only because I was so disgusted and frustrated at being humiliated by a fellow manager," Warnock said soon after the incident.

"If the same circumstances arose I would do the same again.

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"I held out my hand for six or seven seconds, but he kept on talking and turned his back. There was no mix-up, he even looked me in the eyes.

"I am sorry if it upset any fans. There was definitely no offence intended to anyone inside the ground apart from their staff.

"When the governing body looks at the incident I think they will decide to take no action.'

Warnock has already had his knuckles rapped by FA disciplinary chiefs this season and been warned over his future conduct.

The 57-year-old admitted a charge of abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official after verbally abusing referee Grant Hegley at the end of his side's 2-1 defeat at Reading on October 1.

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