Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka given one-match touchline ban and £2,000 fine

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka.
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AITOR Karanka will have to watch his Middlesbrough side take on Derby County from the stands after being hit with a one-match touchline ban.

The Boro boss was also fined £2,000 after he admitted an FA charge of improper conduct following an incident at the end of the game against Blackburn Rovers at the end of November.

It follows Rovers’ injury time equaliser from Rudy Gestede, with Boro keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos grounded and injured.

The decision by match official Mark Clattenburg not to award a foul against the former Hartlepool United stopper left the Boro boss fuming.

He was sent to the stands at the Riverside for his complaints to fourth official David Coote following the incident

Boro’s head coach made a personal appearance in front of an disciplinary commission.

An FA statement said: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka will serve a one-match touchline suspension with immediate effect.

“Karanka, who was also fined £2,000, admitted an FA charge of improper conduct in relation to his behaviour during stoppage time at the end of the game against Blackburn Rovers on 29 November 2014.”