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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

F.A. Charges Misconduct For Bosnich's Nazi Salute

LONDON -- Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich was charged with misconduct by the English F.A. following his Nazi salute to Tottenham supporters during Saturday's premier league game.


The Australian could also face criminal charges over the incident


Bosnich has publicly apologized for his gesture, made after fans had baited him over an incident 18 months ago when he knocked Tottenham's striker at the time, German Juergen Klinsmann.


In a letter sent to the British Press Association, Bosnich said the salute had been a "mere jocular acknowledgment of the crowd's banter."


"I am very sorry if I offended anybody, no offense was ever intended, only comical mimicry. ... I do not comprehend that people would believe that someone with a Jewish aunt would in any way go out to deliberately offend people. ... In closing, I would like to say this: Anti-Semitism and racism are crimes of humanity. Ignorance and jocularity are not."


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Sunderland fought back to earn a 2-2 draw despite being reduced to 10 men early in the second half of its northeast derby against Middlesbrough.


Fabrizio Ravanelli fired Middlesbrough into a 2-1 lead eight minutes into the second half, when he converted from short range in a goal-mouth scramble in the 51st minute. It was Ravenelli's 11th goal of the season and his first away goal.


When Richard Ord was sent off for stamping on Nick Barmby five minutes later, Sunderland had a mountain to climb. But Peter Reid's men refused to give up. Craig Russell, replacing injured Steve Agnew, slid home a cross from Kevin Hall in the 61st minute.


Brazilian Emerson had given Middlesbrough the lead in the 18th minute with a spectacular 25-yard strike, but Alex Rae equalized from the penalty spot four minutes later.