Lee Bowyer: Charlton Athletic manager banned for verbally abusing referee

Lee Bowyer is sent to the stands
Lee Bowyer was sent to the stands by referee Chris Kavanagh early in the second half at Kingsmeadow

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has been banned from the touchline for three matches after being found guilty of verbally abusing a referee.

Bowyer, 42, was sent off by referee Chris Kavanagh for using "abusive and/or insulting language" in Saturday's League One game at AFC Wimbledon, which the Addicks won 2-1.

He was also found guilty of the same offence after he was sent off.

Bowyer will miss Charlton's games with Doncaster, Portsmouth and Burton.

A Football Association statement saidexternal-link Bowyer used "abusive and/or insulting language towards the match referee in both the 46th minute of the game and following his dismissal".

The former Leeds, Newcastle and England midfielder has also been fined £1,750.

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