Nottingham Forest boss banned for five games

Billy Davies

The FA have announced that the Nottingham Forest manager, Billy Davies, has been given a five match touchline ban after admitting gross misconduct.

The Scot is now set to miss the next five games due to an incident when Nottingham Forest played local rivals Leicester City on 19 February 2014. Davies has also been hit with a fine of £9,000 by the FA after admitting to the charges. The suspension and fine will be with immediate effect, subject to an appeal.

The FA made a statement with regards to Billy Davies;

"Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies will serve a five-match touchline ban with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, in respect of two breaches of FA Rule E3 that took place during his side’s game against Leicester City on 19 February 2014.

"Davies admitted the first breach that he used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards the Match Referee in or around the tunnel area at half-time of this fixture.

"However, he denied the second breach of improper conduct, which alleged that he deliberately made contact with the Match Referee. This charge was found proven."

"As well as the suspension, Davies was also fined £9,000."

This comes at a difficult point in the season for Nottingham Forest as their playoff ambitious have taken a major setback after a loss in form. Being without their inspirational manager on the sidelines will certainly be a blow for the Reds. 

Davies will begin his suspension at Oakwell on Saturday as Forest take on Barnsley.

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