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Holloway hit with ban and fine

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Holloway has been charged for his misconduct during Crystal Palace's opening game of the season © Getty Images
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Ian Holloway will not be in the dugout for the next two Premier League games after Crystal Palace declined to appeal his touchline ban.

Holloway will have to pay an £18,000 fine as well as sit out Palace's trip to Manchester United on September 14 and the following week's visit of Swansea City to Selhurst Park as punishment for the improper conduct charge brought against him by the Football Association.

The sanctions relate to his behaviour during and after Palace's 1-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on the opening weekend of the season.

An FA statement confirmed that Holloway was found in breach of FA rule E3 for his "language and/or behaviour in or around the match officials' changing room after the game" and his "post-match comments [which] constituted improper conduct in that they questioned the integrity of the match referee and/or match officials in general, and/or implied that the match referee and/or match officials in general were motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute."

Holloway's last stint in the Premier League also led to disciplinary action when, in January 2011, Blackpool were fined £25,000 by the Premier League for fielding what it ruled was a weakened team in a 3-2 defeat to Aston Villa the previous November.

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