Lee Bowyer accused ‘horrendous’ referee Peter Bankes of ‘looking after his mate’ after Charlton’s defeat to Swansea

The FA have confirmed Lee Bowyer called referee Peter Bankes ‘horrendous’ and accused him of ‘looking after his mate’ after Charlton’s defeat to Swansea.

The Addicks lost 2-1 to the Swans earlier this month and Bankes’ match report claimed Bowyer had approached him and questioned his integrity at full-time.

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Lee Bowyer will be in the stands for Charlton’s games against Derby, Bristol City and West Brom
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The Charlton manager was quoted saying: “You were absolutely horrendous you tonight. I bet you are pleased. I see you looked after your mate from your academy days tonight.”

Subsequently, Bowyer was fined £4,000 and hit with a three-game touchline ban, which starts in a home clash with Derby on Saturday.

At an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Bowyer said he was talking to Swansea boss Steve Cooper ahead of the game, before Bankes engaged in a lengthy conversation with the Welshman.

At the end of the chat, Cooper said to Bowyer: “Don’t worry we’re not best mates, he just used to do all our academy games.”


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Bowyer was served with another three-game touchline ban last season after verbally abusing a referee in Charlton’s 2-1 win over Wimbledon.

He was also fined £1,000 for calling referee James Linington a disgrace in a late 1- 0 defeat to Peterborough last August.

Following this weekend’s game against Derby, Bowyer will continue to be in the stands for trips to Bristol City and West Brom.

Bowyer was ‘surprised’ and ‘disappointed’ with his recent touchline ban.

He said: “I’ve been in this situation before and I learned from my mistake last time.

“I didn’t shout, I didn’t swear, I spoke to the referee calmly regarding the situation, but it is what it is.

“My focus remains making sure we are focused for Saturday’s game against Derby.”

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