Inauspicious Cup start for Norwich City

Last updated 09:16 12/08/2014
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RED CARD: Martin Olsson's been charged with improper conduct after shoving a referee.

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Life outside the Premier League couldn't have started any worse for Norwich City.

In its first competitive match since relegation from the top division, they lost 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, had one of their top players push a referee in the chest after being shown a red card and received complaints that some of their fans had shouted racial abuse.

Norwich said overnight it was investigating allegations of racist behaviour by ''two or three'' of its supporters during the match at Molineux. The club has passed a number of complaints on to the police, vowing it will ban for life any supporters found guilty.

Later, left back Martin Olsson was charged with improper conduct by the English Football Association for ''making physical contact with the referee'' following his sending-off in the 60th minute.

The Sweden international had until Thursday to respond to the charge.

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