Dawson escapes with warning

Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson was warned by the Football Association (FA) as to his future conduct following the way he reacted to his sending-off at Stoke earlier this month.

The decision means Dawson, a 24-year-old centre-half, will not receive any further ban in addition to the three games he was forced to miss after seeing red for a dangerous challenge on Mamady Sidibe during the defeat against Stoke on 19 October.

After being ordered off by referee Lee Mason in stoppage time, Dawson reacted with a barrage of angry words in the direction of the official and Stoke players. His protest could have seen him banned for two more games.

Tottenham, who sacked former manager Juande Ramos last weekend, are still bottom of the Premier League despite collecting four points from two matches under new boss Harry Redknapp, including one from Wednesday's spectacular 4-4 draw away to north London rivals Arsenal.