FA fine Grant for rant at referee

LONDON - Portsmouth manager Avram Grant was fined 1,000 pounds with a further 4,000 pounds suspended on Thursday after he admitted a charge of improper conduct to the Football Association.

Although the fine was lenient, the FA also warned him as to his future conduct following his behaviour towards referee Kevin Friend during the Premier League match against Sunderland on Feb. 9 which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Grant stormed onto the Fratton Park pitch at the end of the first half and confronted Friend after Pompey had Ricardo Rocha sent off early in the match and a penalty appeal turned down.

Grant was dismissed from the dugout and watched the second half from the directors' box.

A statement on the FA website said: "The regulatory commission took into account his admission of the charge and previous good disciplinary record. The suspended fine will be activated in the event of a similar breach of FA rules."

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