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Football: Holloway accepts two-game FA ban

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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway will serve a two-match touchline suspension after accepting charges over his conduct during his side's loss to Tottenham Hotspur, the Football Association announced on Wednesday.

Holloway was charged on two separate counts relating to his behaviour towards the match officials following Palace's 1-0 defeat at home to Spurs on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

"Ian Holloway will serve a two-match touchline suspension with immediate effect after Crystal Palace notified The FA that they would not be appealing the sanction," read a statement on the FA website.

"Holloway was given the ban along with an £18,000 ($28,000, 33,100 euros) fine after he admitted two separate charges, both in relation to his side's game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 18 August 2013."

The FA said that Holloway's "language and/or behaviour in or around the match officials' changing room after the game amounted to improper conduct", for which he received a two-game ban and a £10,000 fine.

The FA also felt that Holloway's post-match comments constituted improper conduct because they "questioned the integrity of the match referee and/or match officials in general, and/or implied that the match referee and/or match officials in general were motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute," for which he was given an £8,000 fine.

Holloway's ban begins with immediate effect, ruling him out of the trip to champions Manchester United on September 14 and the following weekend's home game against Swansea City.

Holloway, who led Palace to promotion from the Championship via the play-offs last season, was aggrieved that Spurs winger Nacer Chadli was not penalised for a challenge on Stephen Dobbie shortly before the visiting team were awarded the penalty that decided the game.

"It's going to be a long hard season for me with these people," he said.

"I had this with Blackpool. Certain clubs get fouls and others don't. I just want a bit of fairness."

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