Neil Warnock: Cardiff manager pleads not guilty to three FA charges over controversial referee comments

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock has pleaded not guilty to three Football Association charges over controversial remarks he made about Premier League officials.

Warnock was charged over comments he made immediately after last month’s 2-1 Premier League defeat by Chelsea, and in an exclusive talkSPORT interview following day.

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Warnock confronted the officials after Cardiff’s controversial defeat by Chelsea

The 70-year-old called Premier League referees the ‘worst in the world’, and appears to have supported violence towards officials by claiming his wife would not have stopped him ‘thumping’ referee Craig Pawson.

He was given until Tuesday to provide a response, and now faces a hearing to contest the charges after pleading not guilty to all three.

“I’ve pleaded not guilty to the charges and I expect to have a hearing sometime this week, I hope,” Warnock said at his press conference before the crunch relegation battle at Brighton on Tuesday.

“But it can’t come early because we’ve got a game Tuesday and I’ve got a funeral on Wednesday up in Chesterfield.”

Relegation-threatened Cardiff had been on course for a vital three points before Chelsea’s 84th-minute equaliser which was headed home by Cesar Azpilicueta from a clear offside position.

Warnock was also unhappy Antonio Rudiger was not sent off after bringing down Kenneth Zohore moments later, and he also felt Cardiff should have been awarded two penalties.

He approached referee Pawson and his assistants after the final whistle but said nothing, merely staring at them as they left the field.


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Confirming the charges last Friday, the FA said: “It is alleged that comments he made in a post-match interview with the BBC, and a post-match interview with Sky Sports, following the Premier League game against Chelsea on 31 March 2019, were improper in that they questioned the integrity of the match official and/or implied bias.

“It is further alleged that comments he made in a talkSPORT radio interview on 1 April 2019 constitute improper conduct and/or bring the game into disrepute.”

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