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Norwich has terrible start in 2nd division as player pushes ref, fans accused of racism

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NORWICH, England - 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, Norwich lost 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, saw one of its top players push a referee in the chest after being shown a red card and received complaints that some of its fans had shouted racial abuse.

Norwich said Monday it is 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 that it will ban for life any supporters found guilty.

Later Monday, 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 has until Thursday to respond to the charge.

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