Nuno Santos has been hit with a one-match ban and an £8,000 fine for confronting referee Peter Bankes in Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw between Tottenham and Newcastle.
Spurs goalkeeping coach Santos was sent off for his overzealous protests following Newcastle’s controversial penalty equaliser at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Portuguese coach accepted the charge of using abusive or insulting language towards a match official, the Football Association has confirmed.
A Video Assistant Referee (VAR) intervention awarded Newcastle a last-gasp penalty in north London on Sunday, owing to a heavily-questioned handball decision against Eric Dier and then Callum Wilson buried the spot-kick to level the game.
Santos was among a clutch of players to vociferously protest the decision, that proved just the latest in a spate of controversial handball calls following the recent rule changes.
“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,” read an FA statement.
“At full time of the Premier League fixture against Newcastle United FC on Sunday he used abusive and/or insulting language towards a match official on the field of play and/or his behaviour amounted to improper conduct. “
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