Charlie Austin banned for two games after abusive gesture

Charlie Austin
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Charlie Austin of Southampton reacts during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Southampton striker Charlie Austin has been handed a two-game ban by the English FA for his gesture during the club’s 3-1 home loss Manchester City, Goal claims.

The former Queens Park Rangers striker was booed when he was substituted off in the 68th minute and appeared to make an abusive sign towards the travelling City fans last month.

The Football Association charged the 29-year-old with making “an abusive and/or insulting” gesture and he will miss the next Premier League against Leicester City this weekend as well as the FA Cup replay against Derby County on January 16.

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This is not the first time Austin has found himself in disciplinary matters with the FA. In 2016 the striker received a three-match ban for violent conduct following an altercation with Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.

Austin also was shown a red card as a QPR player during a 2-0 win against Burnley, after finding the back of the net against his former club.

The striker’s suspension leaves Saints boss Ralph Hassenhuttl with only Shane Long, Sam Gallagher and Michael Obafemi as his only options in attack.