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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Kinnear fined 500 for "mickey mouse" ref rant

Soccernet Staff

Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear has been fined 500 and warned as to his future conduct for calling Martin Atkinson "a Mickey Mouse referee''.

The 62-year-old admitted a charge of improper conduct after launching an attack on Atkinson's performance in the 2-1 defeat at Fulham on November 9 and received his punishment after appearing before a Football Association regulatory commission today.

However, a charge of using abusive and insulting words towards a match official during his side's 2-2 home draw with Stoke on December 6 was found "not proved''.

An FA statement said: "At a regulatory commission hearing today, Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear was fined 500 and warned as to his future conduct.

"Kinnear admitted a charge of improper conduct relating to media comments made about referee Martin Atkinson after Newcastle's match against Fulham on November 9.

"Kinnear denied a further charge of using abusive and insulting words towards a match official relating to Newcastle's match against Stoke City on December 6.

"Kinnear was sent to the stands during this match after contesting the award of a free-kick. The commission found this charge not proved.''




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