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O'Leary hit with referee abuse charge

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 16:39

David O'Leary charged by the FA
David O'Leary charged by the FA

Aston Villa manager David O'Leary has been charged by the English FA with using abusive and/or insulting words towards referee Graham Poll during his side's 1-0 victory over Birmingham.

The charge relates to his conduct towards Poll after the final whistle of the match at Birmingham on Sunday. He has until November 1 to respond to the charge.

He has also been reminded of his responsibilities in relation to his post-match celebrations, when he marked Villa's first Premiership win over Blues in seven attempts by charging across the field to salute Villa chairman Doug Ellis.

O'Leary felt there was wrong with his actions at the end of the game when he stood on the pitch, in front of the directors' box, with a clenched fist.

He said: "There were people like the chairman, who has taken a lot of stick this week, and been very ill, (operations director) Steve Stride and other people who have been good to work with - I could see the smiles on their faces and I was pleased for them."

"Was I putting myself in danger? Since I've come to this town I've been treated very well by Birmingham fans. If I felt any danger I wouldn't have been over there because I'm the biggest coward in the world!"

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