Manchester City news

Barry given one-match ban

December 13, 2012
By ESPN staff

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry is to serve a one-match ban for using "abusing and/or insulting words towards a match official" following Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Manchester United.

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Barry will now be unavailable for the Premier League encounter at Newcastle United on Saturday after he and City "reluctantly" accepted the decision.

An FA statement read: "Manchester City's Gareth Barry will serve a one-match suspension with immediate effect after admitting a breach of FA Rule E3 in that he used abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official following his side's match against Manchester United on Sunday 9 December 2012.

"Also as part of the standard penalty for this offence, Barry has been fined £8,000.''

Had Barry appealed the decision, he would have been liable to face a two-game ban.

City added on their official website: "Both the club and Gareth Barry reluctantly accept the punishment which leads to Gareth being unavailable to take part in the weekend's match against Newcastle. He will return to first-team action against Reading on 22 December."

City may also be without captain Vincent Kompany for the trip to Newcastle after he limped out of the derby defeat with a hamstring injury.