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Watford forward Deeney escapes punishment for Chelsea gesture

Watford striker Troy Deeney will not face suspension for making an obscene gesture to Chelsea fans in Monday's 4-1 win.

The 29-year-old, who has already served three and four game bans this season, was expected to be punished by retrospective action. But a three-man panel could not agree that Deeney deserved a red-card.

An FA spokesperson said on Twitter: "Watford's Troy Deeney will not face any formal action following his goal celebration during the game against Chelsea on Monday.

"Video footage was referred to a panel of three former elite match officials, who were asked to consider independently whether it was a red card offence.

"The response was not unanimous, therefore no disciplinary action will follow.

"Nevertheless, the FA will write to the player and warn him as to his future conduct."

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