England’s Football Association has charged AFC Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers FC for separate incidents of player misconduct. The Black Cats have been indicted with failing to control their players during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Everton at the Stadium of Light. While QPR stand accused of failing to control their players during an incident in their recent match against Manchester City.
In Sunderland’s case, players were incensed by referee Lee Mason’s decision to give a penalty to Everton in the 76th minute after Connor Wickham brought down defender Seamus Coleman in the box. Leighton Baines would equalize the contest from the penalty spot shortly thereafter.
A statement from The FA reads: “Sunderland have been charged by the FA following their game against Everton on 9 November 2014.”
“It is alleged that in or around the 76th minute of the game, the club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.”
“The club has until 6pm on 17 November 2014 to respond to the charge.”
QPR’s charge relates to the confusion surrounding R’ striker Charlie Austin’s second disallowed goal in the space of two minutes, when his teammates surrounded referee Mike Dean to appeal his decision.
Dean awarded Manchester City a free-kick when their goalkeeper Joe Hart misdirected the ball into Austin’s path, who buried it in the back of the net.
Since Hart had accidentally taken two touches before clearing, Premier League rules dictated that his goal kick had to be retaken – a stroke of luck for City.
Confused by the decision, seven of QPR’s players surrounded Dean to protest the disallowed goal.
The FA released a statement regarding its decision to charge QPR and has given the club until 6pm on November 17th to respond to the indictment.
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