Carr suspended for Clarets clash

The Football Association have handed Birmingham City defender Stephen Carr a one-match suspension following his behaviour after Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

The former Tottenham and Newcastle United defender will miss this weekend's visit of Burnley to St Andrew's after appearing to make an offensive gesture towards fans.

Carr was charged with improper conduct, which he accepted, although he requested a personal hearing, which was held on Thursday.

On Tuesday the club were also charged by the FA with failure to control their players following the award of Villa's controversial penalty and have until 13 May to respond.

The spot-kick was awarded after referee Martin Atkinson ruled that defender Roger Johnson had tripped Gabriel Agbonlahor in the box.

Television replays showed the centre-half had touched the ball before sending Agbonlahor tumbling in the box.

Johnson has been given seven days to explain the comments he made to the media after the fixture.

He had said:"The referee was a disgrace. He's ruined the match and clearly shouldn't be doing these kinds of games – it was too big for him.

"I got the ball cleanly, everyone could see that, and the ref can't make a decision if he's not sure. The rules say if you're not sure, you don't give a penalty."

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