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Tottenham GK coach Nuno Santos issued one match touchline ban after Newcastle red card


Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United - Premier League Photo by Andrew Boyers - Pool/Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper coach Nuno Santos was fined £8000 and issued a one-match touchline ban by the Football Association for his actions after the final whistle of Spurs’ 1-1 draw against Newcastle on Sunday.

Santos angrily confronted match official Peter Bankes, who made the ruling to award Newcastle a highly-controversial VAR-assisted penalty in the 97th minute of Sunday’s match, and was issued a straight red card for dissent. Callum Wilson converted the penalty with virtually the last kick of the game to earn Newcastle a point.

The FA issued a statement saying Santos was issued the ban and fine for “improper conduct.”

Tottenham Hotspur FC’s goalkeeper coach, Nuno Santos, has been suspended from the touchline for one match and fined £8,000 after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3 and accepting a standard penalty.

At full time of the Premier League fixture against Newcastle United FC on Sunday [27/09/20] he used abusive and/or insulting language towards a match official on the field of play and/or his behaviour amounted to improper conduct.

I’m pretty sure that Spurs are going to be okay without having their goalkeeper coach on the sidelines beside Jose Mourinho for a match, so there really isn’t any impact at all on the club stemming from this incident. Mourinho, for what it’s worth, wisely took off down the tunnel immediately after Wilson scored the penalty, in order to remove himself from potentially being in the exact same situation as Santos.

I’m not going to say that the punishment isn’t warranted. It clearly is by the FA rules. I just wonder if Nuno thinks it was worth it.