Southampton fans react to Charlie Austin FA ban after Manchester City gesture

Charlie Austin of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom.

The Saints striker will miss two games due to his gesture towards Man City. Here is how some Southampton fans reacted to the news.

Charlie Austin of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom.

Southampton striker Charlie Austin has been given a two-match ban by the Football Association after he admitted making an abusive gesture towards Manchester City fans.

The 29-year-old appeared to wave two fingers towards the away stands as he was substituted in the 68th minute of the Premier League match at St Mary's Stadium on December 30.

As a result, Austin will now miss Saturday's Premier League game at Leicester City and the FA Cup third-round replay against Derby County next week.

 

His absence is a further blow for Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl in attack, with Danny Ings and Michael Obafemi both set to miss the match against the Foxes due to hamstring injuries, while Manolo Gabbiadini has joined Sampdoria.

After the Southampton website announced the news and shared the story on their Twitter account, reaction from the Saints fanbase appeared to be mixed.

Some supporters were angry at the FA for handing out the suspension, while others pointed the finger at the player himself:

Austin has featured in Southampton’s last four matches in all competitions and has scored three goals for the Saints this season.

Ralph Hasenhuettl, Manager of Southampton celebrates with Charlie Austin of Southampton after his team's victory in the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC at St...

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