January 10, 2019 / 6:49 PM / in 6 months

Watford's Deeney charged over comments made about referee - FA

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - AFC Bournemouth v Watford - Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, Britain - January 2, 2019 Watford's Troy Deeney celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

(Reuters) - Watford captain Troy Deeney has been charged for his comments about referee David Coote after his side’s 3-3 draw with Bournemouth in the Premier League, the English Football Association (FA) said on Thursday.

Deeney had criticised Coote’s performance in post-match interview with the BBC, saying the official had “bottled” a few decisions in a frantic contest at the Vitality Stadium earlier this month.

The striker had also accused Bournemouth’s Dan Gosling of “trying to do” Tom Cleverley in a tackle.

Bournemouth recovered from a two-goal deficit and then levelled again in a six-goal thriller which also saw Deeney score twice for Watford.

Deeney has until 1800 GMT on Jan. 15 to respond to the charge.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Catherine Evans

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