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Johnson charged after derby rant

Roger Johnson has been charged with two counts of misconduct by the Football Association following his comments after Birmingham City's derby defeat to Aston Villa last month.

Johnson was initially asked to explain comments he made to the media after the 1-0 derby defeat at Villa Park on April 25.

The Blues defender branded referee Martin Atkinson "a disgrace" after he was adjudged to have fouled Gabriel Agbonlahor to concede a late penalty.

James Milner converted the spot-kick and the home side went on to win a controversial Second City derby.

"The FA have charged Johnson relating to media comments made after our fixture against Aston Villa at Villa Park," read a Birmingham statement.

"Johnson has been charged on two counts, relating to his comments about the match referee and for his comments about the FA Respect programme."

Birmingham were charged with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion, while full-back Stephen Carr was suspended for one game after being found guilty of making an offensive gesture towards Villa fans.

Speaking after the match, Johnson had said:"The referee was a disgrace. He's ruined the match and clearly shouldn't be doing these kind 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.

"Villa are at home, they've got the crowd behind them and the ref has made a split-second decision which is plain wrong."

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