Rafa Benitez has been fined by The FA.
The Newcastle manager had been given until last Friday (28 September) to respond to a charge from the authorities.
The United boss deemed to have stepped out of line with comments he made about Andre Marriner.
Those comments having been prompted by comments made by Wilfried Zaha before Newcastle played Palace (see below).
Today (Friday 5 October) has seen confirmation that Rafa Benitez has been punished, fined £60,000 after accepting the FA charge.
“Rafael Benítez has been fined £60,000 after accepting an FA charge for commenting on the match referee prior to Newcastle United’s game against Crystal Palace.
“His comments made during the pre-match press conference on Friday 21 September 2018 constituted improper conduct and/or brought the game into disrepute.”
The Mag – 25 September 2018:
Rafa Benitez has been charged by The FA.
The Newcastle United manager charged regarding comments he made last Friday (21 September).
The Spaniard was responding to Wilfried Zaha blatantly trying to influence match officials, having claimed he would have to break a leg before he got proper protection.
This is despite more yellow cards being handed out for challenges on him in recent seasons, than any other Premier League player.
Ahead of the Palace match, Rafa Benitez spoke for us all. saying that surely The FA had to take action after Zaha’s comments.
The Newcastle manager declaring:
“He (Zaha) is a good player, no doubt about that, but I think the FA has to deal with his comments.
“I’m sure that Marriner will not have this in the back of his head.
“He has a lot of experience, even if his record is not the best in terms of red cards (against Newcastle), but I’m confident he is a very good referee with a lot of experience and he will deal with the situation in a normal way.”
Incredibly though, Tuesday afternoon has seen The FA charge Benitez instead!
“Rafael Benítez has been charged following pre-match comments he made on Friday [21/09/18] about the appointed match referee for Newcastle United’s game against Crystal Palace on Saturday [22/09/18].
“He has until 6pm on 28 September 2018 to respond to the charge.”