The Football Association confirmed yesterday that they were ‘seeking observations’ from Southampton striker Charlie Austin after he appeared to gesture towards the travelling Manchester City fans when he was substituted in the recent match.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side fell to a 3-1 defeat on the day and our gaffer did feel that had we been awarded a penalty the game may well have turned out differently given the speed to which City took advantage and basically killed the game off.
With 29-year-old Austin booked in the second half, he was booed off on Sunday as the gaffer replaced him in the 68th minute and brought Shane Long onto the pitch.
It’s alleged as he walked off that he made an offensive gesture. It must be said the FA have not charged him at this stage, and are purely asking for his thoughts on the incident, but should it turn into a charge that he can’t defend, it would lead to a ban of some kind you would expect.
In covering the development Sky Sports point to an offensive gesture by Jack Wilshere back in 2013 where he received a two game ban as a possible guide, depending on what steps (if any) are taken now.
It would be an unnecessary complication for the gaffer if punishment was the outcome.