Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has been fined Â£ 20,000 by the Football Association after admitting to a charge of improper conduct.
Hasenhuttl was fined for his comments on a VAR decision in a post-match interview following his side’s 3-1 Premier League loss to Chelsea earlier this month.
The Saints boss had commented on the sacking of Saints skipper James Ward-Prowse in the 77th minute at Stamford Bridge.
Southampton midfielder’s yellow card for his challenge against Jorginho was outclassed to red after referee Martin Atkinson checked the field monitor at the insistence of video assistant referee Mike Dean.
After being charged, Hasenhuttl first suggested that he may have been “misunderstood” about his comments about Dean, saying, “Maybe they misunderstood me, or the media misunderstood me.
“What can I say? I’m generally a manager who is very respectful to the referees all the time and the way I wanted to discuss it was not negative.
“I wasn’t talking badly about Mike Dean. But let’s talk about it in total [at a hearing]. “
An FA statement said: “Ralph Hasenhuttl of Southampton FC was fined Â£ 20,000 after admitting a violation of FA E3 rule in his Premier League game against Chelsea FC on Saturday 2 October 2021.
“The manager accepted the charge that comments made in a post-match interview constituted inappropriate conduct in that they called into question the integrity of the VAR match official and / or a party taken implied and / or discredited the game. “