Brighton's Barnes could see four-match ban extended after being charged for trip on referee
16:47 GMT, 13 March 2013
18:07 GMT, 13 March 2013
Brighton's Ashley Barnes has been charged by the Football Association for the apparent trip on referee Nigel Miller on March 9 at the Reebok Stadium.
Barnes appeared to make contact with Miller in the closing seconds of his side's 1-0 defeat by Bolton, an offence for which he was shown a red card.
His punishment was a four-game ban, one more than the standard three due to it being the striker's second dismissal of the season.
Scroll down to watch footage of the incident…
Marching orders: Barnes is dismissed by referee Nigel Miller
Lengthy ban: Barnes has been sent off twice this season
But, having considered the evidence, the FA have opened proceedings which could lead to an enhanced punishment.
The FA have ruled that the incident displayed 'truly exceptional circumstances' and as such it has been referred to an independent three-man commission who can recommend a further ban if they feel it necessary.
A statement today read: 'The FA has
charged Brighton and Hove Albion's Ashley Barnes following his side's
game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 9 March 2013.
'It is alleged that Barnes's
behaviour in relation to the match official, for which the player was
dismissed for violent conduct towards the end of the game, constituted
an offence whereby the standard punishment that would otherwise apply
was clearly insufficient.'
Close quarters: Miller and Barnes are just yards away from each other as Bolton clear
Trip: Barnes sticks out a boot as Miller sets off on a run
Whistle: Miller sticks up his hand as he stops the game
Barnes has been given until 6pm on Thursday to respond.
Speaking immediately after the match –
and before reviewing video evidence – Brighton manager Gus Poyet said:
'I would like to see it.
'Before I talk to him I'm going to have a look because if he's done something to the referee…let's wait and see.
'My way of managing this is I prefer
the player to calm down because if you go to the dressing room and you
ask them straight away then they will put their excuse in there and
blame somebody else.'
VIDEO: Watch Barnes's trip on referee Miller from 50 seconds in
Final moments of Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
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