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Troy Deeney Escapes Punishment Over Controversial Celebration

Troy Deeney will face no formal action from the FA for his celebration in Watford’s 4-1 win against Chelsea on Monday night.

The game’s governing body will write to the forward and warn him about making such gestures in the future.

Deeney had stuck both middle fingers towards the crowd after scoring Watford’s second goal of the night against the defending champions.

It is not the first time the disciplinary chiefs have had a word with Deeney.

The Watford captain accepted a violent conduct charge and a three-match suspension after clutching the face of Stoke’s Joe Allen in October.

The striker was then given a four-game ban having lost an appeal against the red card he received for a challenge on Huddersfield’s Collin Quaner in December.

He escaped a further suspension after the FA reviewed video footage of Deeney’s celebration and could not agree on whether his gesture justified a red card.

An FA spokesperson said on Twitter:

“Watford’s Troy Deeney will not face any formal action following his goal celebration during the game against Chelsea on Monday.

“Video footage was referred to a panel of three former elite match officials, who were asked to consider independently whether it was a red card offence.

“The response was not unanimous, therefore no disciplinary action will follow.

“Nevertheless, the FA will write to the player and warn him as to his future conduct.”

FIFA gave Dele Alli a one-match suspension and a £3,800 fine for making a middle-finger gesture earlier this season.

The Tottenham midfielder claimed his gesture was aimed at England teammate Kyle Walker and not at match officials.

People were outraged with the FA’s decision to not ban Troy Deeney and took to Twitter to express their outrage.

Though many people are angered that Deeney did not receive any actions towards his gesture, Watford fans will be happy to have him in their side, and out of trouble, for the remainder of the season.

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