West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray has been disciplined by the Football Association after pleading guilty to improper conduct following the 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday last month.
Mowbray was handed a suspended three-match touchline ban and a £3,000 fine by a Football Association disciplinary committee at a personal hearing in Soho Square yesterday.
He admitted a charge of improper conduct and using abusive and insulting words towards referee Nigel Miller at the end of the match.
However, the committee took into account Mowbray's exemplary track record on the touchline and suspended the punishment until the end of next season.
It means he will have to serve the ban and pay the fine only if he is charged with a similar offence in the next 17 months.
Mowbray was incensed with how Miller handled the match and his rage was compounded when Wednesday equalised deep into a lengthy period of added time, following what appeared to be a foul on defender Carl Hoefkens.
A seething Mowbray said at the time: "You see me every week and know my personality and I'm someone who rarely gets off my seat in the dug-out, never mind going shouting, effing and blinding at referees.
"It takes a lot to get me going but I went racing across the pitch because I felt there was an injustice done."
Meanwhile, Chris Brunt believes the West Bromwich Albion fans are just starting to see the best of him following his superb performance against Charlton Athletic last Saturday.
The Belfast-born winger, who turned 23 last week, produced two stunning crosses to set up fellow wide-man Zoltan Gera to score a brace as Albion won 4-2 and leapt to the top of the Championship table.
He had also set up Gera for the first goal at Leicester City four days earlier and the £3 million signing says he now feeels settled at The Hawthorns.
He said: "The Charlton performance was up there as one of my best performances but that is my job, to create the goals and it obviously helps to have Zoltan coming in at the back post to head them home.
"We gave away two goals again, which is a disappointment, but showed a lot of character to come back and win against one of our close rivals.
"It stretches the gap between us and the chasing pack and that was the main aim.
"It is a big plus to go into this Saturday's game at Stoke City on top of the league and we will be looking to open a gap between ourselves and Watford next week. That is our hope and aim."
Following his performance, Brunt's name rang around The Hawthorns but the modest Irishman played down his new terrace-hero tag and was more pleased for the supporters that Albion had finally won on home soil after picking up only two points in three previous games.
He said: "It is nice to be appreciated by the supporters and if I can keep performing well, then the fans will take to me.
"I don't think the fact we hadn't won at The Hawthorns for a little while played on the players' minds too much but, obviously, it is great for the fans.
"It has been three games at home without a win and that has been a disappointment, especially as our home form was so good at the start of the season, but it is a monkey off our backs and hopefully we can kick on from here and pick up some home wins over the Christmas period."
The festive period will be a busy time for Albion as they face four games in ten days, starting with the match at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday. Albion have not won at Stoke since September 1982.
They then entertain fellow promotion contenders Bristol City on Boxing Day and Scunthorpe on December 29 before trekking eastwards to face Ipswich Town on New Year's Day.
Brunt, who will be training with the rest of the squad on Christmas Day, said: "We have to dig in and get on with it. It will be tough for us but it is great for the fans because there is so much football played.
"With the squad we have got and the strength in depth we have, after watching the game last week at Leicester, I think we have the strength to deal with the number of games.
"Hopefully, we can pick up as many points as possible to open up that gap between us and the teams below us. It will give us a confidence boost if we can do that.
"We have the FA Cup as well as a little distraction [a third-round tie against Charlton on January 5], but the bread and butter is the league this year and everyone wants to be in the Premiership.
"If we can keep performing like we did against Charlton, a side that was just relegated from the Premiership, then we will be in good shape." n Leeds United have written to the Football Association requesting that the forthcoming arbitration hearing over their 15-point deduction be heard in public.
Under FA rule K6, an independent arbitration should be confidential but due to the controversial nature of the FA's decision to dock the Elland Road club 15 points at the beginning of the season, the club are requesting that the public to be allowed to attend.
The process would involve a three-man panel including one member nominated by the club, one member nominated by the FA and an independent chairman to reside over the dispute.