Tuesday 24 October 2017

Aston Villa chief executive suspended for 'disabled' reference towards referees

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 18 : Keith Wyness CEO of Aston Villa talks to the press during a press conference at Villa Park on May18, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 18 : Keith Wyness CEO of Aston Villa talks to the press during a press conference at Villa Park on May18, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness has been suspended from all football-related activity for three weeks by the Football Association for misconduct relating to a social media post.

The 59-year-old shared a Twitter video of Villa being denied a penalty during the final game of the Championship season against Brighton last month which had a caption questioning whether under-performing referees had ''disabilities".

"He admitted an FA charge that a comment he re-tweeted accompanied with a video was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3(1)," an FA statement read.

"Furthermore, the breach was "aggravated" as defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included a reference to disability.

"Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Wyness was also fined £10,000 and ordered to complete an education course.

"His suspension will run from date of the expiry of the period that he has to appeal the decision."

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