Canaries defender charged for ref rage

Conor Chaplin could start againsyt Plymouth. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Leon Barnett has been charged by the Football Association following his sending off against Pompey.

The Norwich defender threw the ball at referee Simon Hooper after receiving a second yellow card for giving away a late penalty.

Greg Halford subsequently stepped up to net from the spot and seal an impressive 2-0 victory for Steve Cotterill's men.

Now Barnett has been charged with improper conduct by the FA and has until 5pm tomorrow to respond.

The 25-year-old had earlier issued an apology for his reaction on the club's website.

He said: 'I went in straight after the game to the referee and the gaffer to say sorry for my actions.

'I knew immediately that what I did was wrong.

'What happened was out of character for me and I wanted to apologise for doing what I did.'

Barnett is already out of next weekend's trip to Coventry through an automatic one-match ban.

Now he will have to wait before knowing the full extent of his punishment and whether he will face further recriminations.