Watford’s Troy Deeney charged by FA over clash with Stoke’s Joe Allen

• Deeney charged with violent conduct and facing three-game ban
• Striker grabbed Allen’s face during Stoke’s win at Watford on Saturday

The Watford striker Troy Deeney has been charged with violent conduct for grabbing the face of Stoke’s Joe Allen, the Football Association has announced. He faces a three-match ban if found guilty.

The flare-up came after Stoke put the ball out of play when one of their players went down and Deeney, rather than pass the ball back to them following the throw-in, appeared to attempt a cross into the visitors’ penalty area. Allen reacted angrily but found himself being grabbed by the face by Deeney as players from both sides squared up for a second time.

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