Sociedad Coach Moyes Gets Two-Match Touchline Ban

Real Sociedad coach David Moyes has been handed a two-game touchline ban by the Spanish Football Association.

Moyes was sent off during the Copa del Rey draw with Villarreal in Anoeta on Wednesday. He was cautioned for protesting a decision in the last 16, second leg tie and received a second booking, hence his marching order for complaining about an offside with around 10 minutes remaining. Villarreal advanced into the quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate following an earlier 1-0 win.

The former Manchester United coach leaped over a fence into the stands to watch the rest of the proceedings and even accepted an offer of crisps from a girl sitting behind him.

David Moyes Handed Two Match Ban By the Spanish League. Image: Getty.
David Moyes Handed Two Match Ban By the Spanish League. Image: Getty.

Moyes, who joined the Spanish club last November, received a game suspension for the sending-off and another for climbing into the stands.

“I shouldn’t have argued with the referee but I thought both of the decisions were incorrect,” Moyes said, in his press conference ahead of Saturday’s La Liga game at home to Rayo Vallecano.

“But I left the dugout and I went to watch the game in the stands. I am a football supporter as well and I wanted to watch the game with the supporters.

“I’ve been a supporter all my life. I go to a lot of football games and I though the supporters were very good. So yeah it happens and whatever comes around I’ll have to accept.”

Sociedad are 12th in La Liga with just under half the season played on 19 points from 18 matches.