Manchester City Charged by FA for Players’ Behavior

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Manchester City Charged by FA for Players’ Behavior in Controversial Draw Against Tottenham Hotspur

The Football Association has taken action against Manchester City following their players’ conduct during Sunday’s contentious 3-3 match against Tottenham Hotspur.

Referee Simon Hooper faced a barrage of protests from City’s team members after initially playing advantage following a foul on Erling Haaland but then halting play as Jack Grealish advanced towards goal.

Several City players, including Haaland, expressed their disagreement with the referee’s decision, with Haaland voicing criticism on social media. The FA has now charged Manchester City for what they deemed as ‘improper’ behavior exhibited by their players during the match.”

The FA’s statement read: “Manchester City have been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20.1 after their players surrounded the match official during the Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 3 December 2023.
“It’s alleged that, during the 94th minute of the fixture, the club failed to ensure their players do not behave in a way which is improper.”
Manchester City has been granted until Thursday, December 7, to provide a response regarding the charge. Following the match, Pep Guardiola, the Citizens’ manager, opted not to follow in Mikel Arteta’s footsteps, refraining from criticizing the officiating akin to his Arsenal counterpart, who faced an FA misconduct charge earlier in the season.
Guardiola added: “It is hard when you review the image, the referee decides to blow the whistle after he has already said to play on.
“After the pass, the whistle, so I do not understand this action.”

The Etihad Stadium witnessed a draw following a late goal by Spurs’ winger Dejan Kulusevski, intensifying the Premier League title race. With only three points separating the top three teams in the standings, Arsenal leads with 33 points, followed closely by Liverpool on 31 points and City on 30 points.

Aston Villa (29 pts), Tottenham (27 pts), and Newcastle (26 pts) are in close pursuit, adding pressure to the top contenders in the league.

 

 

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