Barnett admits FA charge

Norwich City defender Leon Barnett has admitted his FA charge of improper conduct for an incident at the end of Saturday's 2-0 Championship defeat against Portsmouth.

Barnett has a requested a personal hearing with the football disciplinary commission (FDC) who will hear his case on Wednesday, December 22 relating to a ball-throwing incident involving referee Simon Hooper. Barnett was already ruled out of Saturday's trip to promotion-chasing Coventry after the Wiltshire official had brandished a second yellow card when he hauled down David Nugent to concede a stoppage time penalty.

The on loan West Brom defender then struck Hooper with the ball before leaving the pitch but apologised immediately to the official and Canaries' boss Paul Lambert following the defeat for what he later described as an 'out of character' reaction on the club's official web site.