Southampton striker Austin charged by FA over 'gesture' in Man City game

The Football Association has charged Charlie Austin after the Southampton striker reacted to boos from fans in a loss to Manchester City.

Southampton striker Charlie Austin   -  Getty Images

Charlie Austin has been charged by the Football Association for "an abusive and/or insulting" gesture he made during the defeat to Manchester City on December 30.

As the Southampton striker was substituted in the second half of the Premier League match, which City won 3-1, he was booed by a section of the St Mary's Stadium crowd.

Television cameras showed Austin appearing to make a two-fingered sign in response.

The 29-year-old has until 18:00 local time on January 7 to respond to the FA charge.

In December 2013, Jack Wilshere was banned for two games after accepting a misconduct charge following a similar gesture made to City fans while playing for Arsenal.

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