Owls fined over Llera referee row

Wednesday are reported to have been fined £5,000 over Miguel Llera’s clash with the referee near the end of last Saturday’s defeat to Bristol City.

Llera came in for criticism when his forceful appeal to referee Andre Marriner for a penalty saw the official rule out Gary Madine’s last-minute equaliser seconds later. Instead, Marriner booked Llera for his actions and awarded City a free kick.

Manager Dave Jones said straight after the game that, if Llera did manhandle the referee, then he had cost his team a point … and the club has now been fined £5,000 by the FA over the incident.

The Owls boss said: “He’ll be thinking the world’s against him.

“He’s had a bit of a bashing this week from all quarters – and quite rightly so. Now, if selected for the Barnsley game, he needs to stand up and be counted.”

Of the incident, Jones said Llera was adamant he didn’t push the referee and that the official’s report confirms this.

However, Wednesday are said to have admitted an FA charge of failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and accepted the fine.

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