MANCHESTER CITY midfielder Gareth Barry will decide today whether to appeal against an English FA charge that he verbally abused Mark Clattenburg – two weeks after the official was cleared of racially abusing Chelsea's John Obi Mikel.
Clattenburg, who returned to refereeing duties earlier last month after almost four weeks out of the game following the accusations made by Chelsea, is understood to have reported Barry for comments made by the player at the end of City's 3-2 defeat by Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium last Sunday.
Clattenburg was acting as fourth official during the fixture and Barry's alleged outburst came as the players were leaving the pitch at the end of a tempestuous derby clash which was marred by crowd disorder including a lone pitch invader and a coin hitting United's Rio Ferdinand above his left eye.
Officials at the FA, Premier League and City were reluctant to disclose the details of Barry's charge beyond the brief statement which confirmed the disciplinary action "for a breach of its Rule E3 in that he used abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official."
The City midfielder is understood to be bemused by the charge but, with the possibility of a two-game suspension if he contests the decision and is subsequently found guilty, Barry and his club are pondering whether to accept the charge and accept the automatic penalty of a one-match ban. (© Daily Telegraph, London)