Fulham hope Arteta and Guardiola can save them as Marco Silva tries to avoid a major ban on Man Utd’s row

FULHAM are ready to turn to the history books to avoid a protracted suspension for boss Marco Silva.

Silva, 45, has conceded a misconduct charge for comments made against referee Chris Kavanagh when he was sent off during his team’s FA Cup defeat at Manchester United last month.

Marco Silva saw red in Fulham's FA Cup loss to Manchester United

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Marco Silva saw red in Fulham’s FA Cup loss to Manchester UnitedCredit: Alamy

The Portuguese is heading for his second sideline suspension of the season but has already apologized for the remarks.

Fulham accept their head coach must be punished.

But there are fears that Silva will be made an example if managerial behavior becomes a growing problem in the game.

In 2018, then-Arsenal manager Unai Emery was fined just £8,000 for kicking a water bottle into the crowd and hitting a spectator during a game against Brighton.

Pep Guardiola wasn’t even charged earlier this year when he threw a water bottle into the Leeds United dugout and hit a staff member.

FA bosses are increasingly concerned about manager dugout antics.

They have appealed to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to seek a one-game touchline ban for berating a fourth official earlier this season when he was initially sacked with a fine of just £30,000.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta publicly mocked referee Simon Hooper in his team’s 4-2 win at Aston Villa in February.

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Silva was hit alongside Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who shoved Kavanagh during a heated tirade in the same game.

Fulham can point to at least half a dozen incidents of players reaching out to the referee but not being banned, dating back to the turn of the millennium.

Unai Emery has been fined £8,000 after kicking a water bottle into a crowd in Brighton

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Unai Emery has been fined £8,000 after kicking a water bottle into a crowd in BrightonCredit: Rex Features
Mikel Arteta mocked the referee in Arsenal's 4-2 win at Aston Villa

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Mikel Arteta mocked the referee in Arsenal’s 4-2 win at Aston VillaPhoto credit: Sky Sports
Pep Guardiola escaped punishment for his antics at Leeds

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Pep Guardiola escaped punishment for his antics at LeedsPhoto credit: Reuters
Aleksandr Mitrovic was also sent off for his angry reaction and for being pushed by Chris Kavanagh

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Aleksandr Mitrovic was also sent off for his angry reaction and for being pushed by Chris KavanaghCredit: PA

https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7771098/fulham-arteta-guardiola-marco-silva-ban-man-utd/ Fulham hope Arteta and Guardiola can save them as Marco Silva tries to avoid a major ban on Man Utd’s row

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