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Watford skipper Deeney banned for four matches

Deeney was sent off against Huddersfield last weekend during Watford's 4-1 defeat. Credit: PA

Troy Deeney will serve a four-match suspension after Watford failed in their appeal to overturn his red card against Huddersfield.

Deeney, who was given a retrospective three-match ban earlier this season for an incident with Stoke's Joe Allen, was dismissed following a wild lunge on Collin Quaner in the first half of Watford's 4-1 home defeat to Huddersfield on Saturday.

The Hornets lodged an appeal with the Football Association against captain Deeney's dismissal, but revealed on Tuesday that they had been unsuccessful.

Deeney, 29, will now be unavailable for Watford's Premier League matches against Brighton, Leicester, Swansea and Manchester City over the festive period.

Deeney, who has scored just twice this season, was banned for three matches back in November after he admitted a charge of violent conduct against Stoke.

The Watford skipper appeared to dig his thumbs into the face of Allen following a clash with the Wales international in the closing moments of the fixture.

His 33rd-minute dismissal on Saturday marked Watford's fourth red card of the season, but manager Marco Silva insisted his side, who are without a win from their last five matches, do not have a disciplinary problem.

"No, I am sure about that," the Portuguese said. ''Until now you can talk about the red card for Miguel Britos (against Brighton in August). I agree in that moment, but for the others I am sure we don't have an issue.''

Deeney needs to set an example - Watford boss Silva

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Watford manager Marco Silva has called on captain Troy Deeney to set a better example after he was banned for three Premier League matches.

Deeney will miss his side's fixture against Everton and subsequent games against West Ham and Newcastle after he admitted a charge of violent conduct following their 1-0 defeat against Stoke last weekend.

The flashpoint involving Deeney came after Stoke had put the ball out with a player down injured. Rather than pass the ball back, Deeney attempted a cross into the visitors' penalty area.

Joe Allen reacted angrily and clashed with Deeney, who appeared to dig his thumbs into the face of the Wales international as other players tried to prise them apart.

Deeney and Allen received yellow cards before the Watford skipper was hit with a suspension after three former match officials reviewed the footage.

"Of course, as our captain, Troy needs to be an example to everyone," Silva said ahead of his side's trip to Goodison Park on Sunday.

"It was not an easy moment in the match as the style our opponent played was not the best for everybody in the stadium, or those watching at home.

"But he is our captain, an experienced player, and one who knows the Premier League well. We need to be calm in every moment of the match, and pass this on to our younger players, too.

"We accept the decision. It was not a good moment and Troy has accepted that. I have already spoken to him, and he knows my opinion on the situation."

Deeney deserves England call-up, insists Mazzarri

Deeney has scored on each of his last two Premier League appearances for Watford. Credit: PA

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri believes England boss Sam Allardyce should consider naming striker Troy Deeney in his next squad.

Deeney has scored on both of his last two Premier League appearances for the Hornets, in victories over West Ham and Manchester United.

Mazzarri says he is yet to receive a call from Allardyce or the Football Association about Deeney, but says he would welcome one.

I would be proud and really happy if Deeney went to the national team. He has improved physically and he is much fitter now.

He is a strong striker, he just needs to look after his fitness, but of course he is international level.

I respect the England manager and his decision, and I am biased as he is one of my players.

The FA can call me with the help of an interpreter, but they haven't called up until now.

– Mazzarri press conference

Sacking of Flores is crazy - Watford striker Deeney

Troy Deeney says sacking of Quique Sanchez Flores is Credit: PA

Watford captain Troy Deeney says the decision to let head coach Quique Sanchez Flores leave the club is "crazy" and has suggested the Spaniard's year-long stint at Vicarage Road a success.

The Hornets were promoted from the Sky Bet Championship last season and finished 13th in the Premier League, while also reaching the FA Cup semi-finals in Sanchez Flores' first season in charge.

The former Atletico Madrid boss has however paid the price for a miserable second half to the campaign, despite achieving their highest top-flight placing in 29 years and the home supporters voicing little dissent in the final game of the season on Sunday.

Deeney compared the job done by Flores to the adulation being heaped on Sam Allardyce and highlighted the tough job the Spaniard had.

He's brought me on a lot as a player. I have nothing but gratitude. We've had 16 new players and he's made it seem effortless.

Sunderland have been in the bottom three and managed to stay up, and Sam Allardyce is being hailed as a great manager, which he is, for keeping them up.

But we've seemingly coasted through this season and our gaffer's been sacked. It's one of those crazy ones.

– Troy Deeney


Watford FC striker jailed for club attack

Watford FC striker Troy Deeney has been jailed for 10 months for taking part in a savage attack on a group of students outside a nightclub.

The 23-year-old was caught on CCTV as he kicked one of the victims in the head during a night out, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Watford FC striker Troy Deeney was caught on CCTV as he kicked one of the victims in the head during a night out Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Deeney, who pleaded guilty to affray at an earlier hearing, was arrested shortly after the fracas, which left one man with a broken jaw and another requiring 20 stitches to a mouth wound.