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West Brom boss Bilic fined for improper conduct in loss to Everton

Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v West Bromwich Albion - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - September 19, 2020 West Bromwich Albion manager Slaven Bilic remonstrates with referee Mike Dean as he walks off at half time before Bilic is sent off Pool via REUTERS/Michael Regan

(Reuters) - The Football Association (FA) has fined West Bromwich Albion manager Slaven Bilic 8,000 pounds ($10,171.20) after he admitted to a charge of improper conduct during Saturday’s 5-2 Premier League defeat at Everton.

Bilic, 52, was shown a red card by referee Mike Dean for his complaints at halftime after defender Kieran Gibbs was sent off for pushing Everton’s James Rodriguez in the face.

“Slaven Bilic has been fined 8,000 pounds after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3 and accepting the standard penalty,” the FA said in a statement.

“The West Bromwich Albion manager’s behaviour on the field of play at halftime of the Premier League fixture against Everton on Sept. 19, 2020 amounted to improper conduct.”

Bilic’s side, who are bottom of the Premier League after two consecutive defeats, face Chelsea on Saturday.

($1 = 0.7865 pounds)

Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford