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Micah Richards handed one match ban by the FA

Richards will miss the game at Spurs. Credit: PA

Aston Villa defender Micah Richards will serve a one-match suspension with immediate effect after admitting a Football Association misconduct charge, the governing body has announced.

The centre-back was also fined £10,000 for his behaviour in the tunnel after last month's defeat against Swansea, and will miss tonight's clash with Spurs at White Hart Lane.

Richards accepts FA charge of improper conduct

Richards was charged for his behaviour in the tunnel. Credit: Reuters

Micah Richards has accepted a Football Association charge of improper conduct after an incident in the tunnel following Aston Villa's 2-1 home defeat to Swansea, the West Midlands club has announced.

Villa captain Richards had until 6pm on Thursday to reply to the charge and opted against an appeal.

The former Manchester City defender had clashed on the pitch with Swans defender Federico Fernandez - an incident that did not require censure - but continued arguing with the Argentinian once the teams left the field.


Aston Villa defender charged with improper conduct

Micah Richards was involved with an incident in the tunnel. Credit: PA

Aston Villa captain Micah Richards has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association.

The charge follows an incident in the tunnel at the end of Villa's 2-1 defeat to Swansea on Saturday.

The tunnel was seen to be shaking from side to side after the teams entered it at the final whistle with Richards still angry following a clash with Federico Fernandez during the game.

Aston Villa boss: Richards is a winner

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has explained why he signed Micah Richards, insisting the England defender will bring a "winning mentality" to the club.

Richards picked up Premier League and FA Cup winners' medals in his time at Manchester City but spent last season on loan at Fiorentina before agreeing a four-year deal with Villa on Wednesday.

Micah Richards has moved to Villa Park. Credit: PA

"Micah is a winner. He helped Manchester City win their first Premier League title in 44 years, has won the FA Cup and has played in the Champions League," Sherwood told the official Villa website.

"So we are signing a player who is used to winning football matches. I want players with that winning mentality here.

"And we are also signing a player at his peak.

"At 26, we are getting him when he should be producing the best football of his career."

Richards is third City player banned from driving this month

Micah Richards has been banned from driving for six months. Credit: PA

Manchester City defender Micah Richards today became the third player from his club to receive a six-month driving ban this month.

The England international was disqualifed after admitting to two counts of failing to provide the identity of who was driving his Ferrari 458 Italia car which was clocked at 51mph in a 40mph zone in Manchester in September.

Richards, 24, who did not attend court, was also ordered to pay a £600 fine, £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.

Last week, team-mates Carlos Tevez, 29, and Samir Nasri, 25, both received six-month bans for separate driving offences.