Ashley Barnes charged by FA for offence in Bolton match

"I'm sorry, how many games?!" - Mike Hewitt

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Ashley Barnes was dismissed in very advanced stages of his team's clash with Bolton Wanderers last weekend. The red card he saw was just about the last kick of the match, and until video surfaced following the match, left just about everyone perplexed. You could even see the look on Jay Spearing's face as he thought the referee was coming over to book him.

Barnes was set to serve a four match ban for what was his second red card offence this season but that ban could now put him out for a much longer spell. The Football Association has charged Barnes for his actions, releasing a statement on their website. According to the FA:

It is alleged that Barnes's behaviour in relation to the match official, for which the player was dismissed for violent conduct towards the end of the game, constituted an offence whereby the standard punishment that would otherwise apply was clearly insufficient.

Barnes and Brighton have until tomorrow evening to respond to the charges.

Former Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio was charged on similar grounds by the FA early this season for pushing the referee. He served an 11 match ban as a result.

The incident in question is below:

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