Norwich defender charged by FA

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Leon Barnett has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after throwing a ball at the referee.

Barnett has apologised to referee Simon Hooper for the incident during Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth, but that has not saved him from an FA charge and he has until 6pm tomorrow to respond.

Barnett's reaction came after he received a second yellow card for conceding a late penalty.

The 25-year-old told the club's website: "I went in straight after the game to the referee and the gaffer to say sorry for my actions.

"I knew immediately that what I did was wrong. What happened was out of character for me and I wanted to apologise for doing what I did."