Date: 16th September 2008 at 12:52pm
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Cash strapped Watford have been dealt another financial blow by the doddering bods at the FA disciplinary committee after the club were slapped with £25k fine.

The Hornets admitted charges of “failing to control their players” during the mass 22-man brawl on the opening day at Selhurst Park after a mistimed tackle by Lee Williamson bought chaos on the pitch.

25k? 25k? – That`s 2 ½ weeks worth of Matt Jackson`s time (if you believe everything you read) and no doubt that will mean then the board will have to sell off another fringe player or cancel the contract of an Academy starlet to cover the costs?

No surprise then that the club website has confirmed that they “will be appealing against the severity of the punishment issued by the authorities”?

After all, even Palace hardman Shaun Derry admitted it was “just a case of handbags” at the time.