KARL Robinson will be banned from the touchline for tomorrow's trip to Crewe Alexandra after he was punished for his actions at Sunderland last Friday.

The Oxford United head coach was dismissed by referee Trevor Kettle for his reaction to the Black Cats’ second goal nine minutes from time, which came from a free-kick that was taken while Cameron Brannagan was waiting for treatment.

It saw Sunderland take the lead and the hosts eventually ran out 3-1 winners.

He has also been fined £1,000 for breaching FA Rule E3.

An FA statement said: "Robinson admitted that he used abusive and/or insulting language towards a match official during the 81st minute of the fixture and that his behaviour amounted to improper conduct."

Karl Robinson: I will watch from the stands next time Trevor Kettle referees my team

The U's manager has since pledged to watch from the stands when Kettle next referees his team.

Robinson was allowed in the dugout for Monday’s home defeat to Accrington Stanley, but felt the ban should have been served that day.

United’s clash at Sunderland was marred by controversy.

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Robinson alleged after the game that U’s goalkeeper Jack Stevens was headbutted in the tunnel during a half-time brawl.

Mark Sykes was sent off on the hour mark for a second booking, while Sunderland captain Max Power celebrated in front of the United bench after scoring the third goal.