Football: Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway accepts two-game ban, $36k fine

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway celebrates at the final whistle after winning their English Premier League football match against Sunderland at Selhurst Park on Aug 31, 2013. Holloway will serve a two-match touchline suspension after accepti
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway celebrates at the final whistle after winning their English Premier League football match against Sunderland at Selhurst Park on Aug 31, 2013. 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, Sept 4, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - 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.

He was charged on two separate counts relating to his behaviour towards the match officials following Palace's 1-0 defeat at home by 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 (S$36,000) 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 his 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 Sept 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."