Watford star Imran Louza charged with SPITTING at Swansea’s Ryan Manning by FA and faces six-game ban


WATFORD midfielder Imran Louza has been charged with spitting at Swansea’s Ryan Manning during their Championship clash last week.

The 23-year-old Moroccan international could face a six-game ban as punishment for the offence.

Louza came on 11 minutes into the second half of the second tier clash at home to Swansea on Wednesday evening.

And the alleged incident is thought to have occurred during the lengthy stoppage time at the end of the game.

More than 20 minutes of added time were played due to a delay caused by a problem with the officials’ equipment.

With Watford trailing 2-1 in the dying moments, they had an appeal for a penalty denied which led tempers to flare.

It is believed that it was then where Swansea’s players claimed Louza spat at Manning.

And the FA have now released a statement following the incident.

It read: “Watford FC’s Imran Louza has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E1.1 following their EFL Championship game against Swansea City FC on Wednesday 5 October 2022.

“It is alleged that the midfielder spat at an opposing player towards the end of this fixture, and he has until Thursday 13 October 2022 to provide a response.”

Watford have been in poor form in recent weeks – with manager Rob Edwards sacked at the end of last month and replaced by Slaven Bilic.

They have won just one of their last six games and endured a second successive defeat away at Blackpool on Saturday.

As a result, Watford sit 12th in the Championship table, four points adrift of the play-offs and six points above the relegation zone.

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