The Football Association slapped a £20,000 fine on Troy Deeney’s wrist for calling out the referees after Watford’s 3-3 draw against Bournemouth last week.
The 30-year-old striker was unhappy with some of the match official’s decisions and accused them of underperforming on the job. Speaking to the press after the intense fixture, Deeney was quoted – “I think the referee, to be fair, bottled it on a few occasions. There’s a handball right at the end. I’m not one to hammer refs, but he bottled it on a few occasions today.”
According to Deeney, opposition midfielder Dan Gosling should not have been allowed to stay on the pitch after a controversial challenge on Tom Cleverly. The English forward also wanted to be awarded a penalty after Nathan Ake’s hands seemingly touched the ball in the Cherries box.
Watford manager, Javi Gracia might have shared Deeney’s opinions regarding the matter and refused to critique the striker because of his comments. He simply said, “All of my players show character and personality. Troy is Troy and I accept the way he is.”
“Sometimes his words maybe sound different, but I know he is a very good person, and he helps the rest of the team. Everybody can make a mistake. Like all the players, sometimes he is right and sometimes he is wrong. He does a lot of things well and I prefer to give value to those things, and not the mistakes.”