Grant takes vow of silence over referees after FA ban

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Avram Grant has reacted angrily to the two-match ban he received from the Football Association and believes other managers will now follow his example of refusing to answer questions on refereeing decisions.

The West Ham United manager has also contacted the League Managers' Association to discuss his punishment, which will see him in the stands for the Premier League trip to Bolton Wanderers today.

"I don't think one manager will speak honestly in front of the camera now as he knows he can be charged," Grant said. "Until we know what we can say, I have no intention to answer about this. I know two or three who will not speak about this.

"The FA made a mistake because referees know me and know I am not against them. The FA jump to this without any reason. My way is to respect people even if they are wrong."

Grant was charged with improper conduct for his comments after the FA Cup defeat to Stoke City last month, when he accused Mike Jones of effectively attempting to even out the tie after an initial poor decision.

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