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Xia Fined By FA

Xia Fined By FA

The Football Association in their wisdom have decided to fine Dr Tony Xia following the tweet he sent about referee Jeremy Simpson following Aston Villa's victory over Bolton Wanderers last month.

Many will remember the game, Simpson was an utter buffoon with his display drawing criticism from both Villa and Bolton fans based on his overreaction to some tackles and then his marked 'get on with it' attitude to far more dangerous challenges in the match.

Of course our game saw four yellow cards and one red, but somehow in eleven games he's shown 43 yellows and two reds so far. Card happy referees from the past would be proud!

Anyway, with nothing more important to do in the game, the FA in their usual set of wisdom decide to look at comments as opposed to performances, and Xia was given a misconduct charge for the tweet that questioned.

'Is the ref a AV hater'.

Xia, presumably for an easy life, admitted the charge and he's been fined £4000 and 'warned about his future conduct' as the rule was typically E3(1).

'...questioned the integrity of the match official and/or alleged and/or implied bias on the part of the match official, and/or brought the game into disrepute, contrary to FA Rule E3(1).'

Maybe the FA should start looking at the 'integrity' of referees instead of making easy additional money off those who 'question' them?

Or maybe they should focus on their own organisation first - as those improvements still rumble on don't they...

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Thursday October 12 2017
Time: 3:32PM


What a Joke! The FA I mean. I thought this septic isle had the freedom to say what you felt, but increasingly not it appears. The FA obviously has FA else to do it seems. I know referees have a hard job to do, but surely they should look at the level of so called referees instead of being so damn petty!
Pride of Lions
12/10/2017 15:55:00
He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy!
The Fear
13/10/2017 11:11:00
You have to love our owner. A polar opposite to Lerner. Says more in 1 tweet than Lerner said in all his years at the club. Keep tweeting Doc. If money gets a bit tight we will crowd fund the fine money for you. I actually feel proud to say he is the owner. Other clubs can only dream of having someone like him.
14/10/2017 14:37:00
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