No ban for Powell

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Chris Powell kicks a water bottle which resulted in him being sent to the stands
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Chris Powell kicks a water bottle which resulted in him being sent to the stands

Charlton manager Chris Powell will not face a touchline ban despite being sent to the stands during his side's Capital One Cup tie against Leyton Orient.

Referee Gavin Ward sent Powell from the dugout during the second half of the first round tie at The Valley on Tuesday night when he threw a water bottle to the ground in anger, following what he felt were a succession of decisions against the Addicks.

Powell watched the remainder of the match, which Orient won 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes, from the directors' box and it was feared he could face an extended spell away from the sidelines.

However, after receiving the referee's report, the Football Association has confirmed it will not impose further disciplinary sanctions on Powell and he will be able to take charge of the side in their npower Championship opener at Birmingham on Saturday.

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