Release date: Friday, January 11, 2019 8:56
Southampton striker Charlie Austin receives a suspension for two games from the Football Association.
The 29-year-old was accused after appearing in protest to Manchester City fans, he was replaced in Southampton's 3-1 defeat against St Mary's on December 30th.
Austin admitted the FA's allegation in relation to the gesture and will now miss the clash of the Saints' Premier League with Leicester and their FA Cup re-versus Derby.
"Charlie Austin of Southampton has been suspended for two games with immediate effect following an" independent regulatory committee hearing today, "reads the FA statement.
"The attacker admitted his gesture around the 68th minute of the game against Manchester City on December 30, 201
Austin participated in the last four Southampton games in all competitions and scored three goals
His absence adds to the problems of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl in attack, with Danny Ings and Michael Obafemi both destined to skip the fight against Leicester with injuries to the biceps femoris.