Sunday 23 July 2017

Middlesbrough charged with failing to control their players during City clash

Tempers flared at the Riverside on Sunday
Tempers flared at the Riverside on Sunday

Middlesbrough have been charged with failing to control their players following an eventful 2-2 Premier League draw with Manchester City.

The charge relates to an incident in the 66th minute of Sunday's game at the Riverside Stadium after referee Kevin Friend awarded a penalty to the visitors while the home side were leading 1-0.

A Football Association statement read: "Middlesbrough have been charged for misconduct following the game against Manchester City on Sunday.

"It is alleged that in or around the 66th minute of the fixture, the club failed to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. The club have until 6pm on May 5 2017 to respond to the charge."

Boro were incensed to see Friend point to the spot after City's midfielder Leroy Sane collided with Marten de Roon and went to ground.

Several players remonstrated with the official as skipper Ben Gibson attempted to intervene, although there was to be no reprieve and Sergio Aguero converted from 12 yards to level the scores once order had been restored.

Calum Chambers fired Steve Agnew's side back in front with 13 minutes remaining, but Gabriel Jesus equalised within eight minutes to secure a 2-2 draw and deny the Teessiders the victory they desperately needed to give themselves a fighting chance of avoiding relegation.

Interim head coach Agnew later revealed his frustration at the penalty decision.

He said: "I thought [Sane] went down very, very easily - and looking at the referee's position, was he in the correct position to give it?

"From the video I've seen, it looked like he didn't have a clear view and I think when you give them, you've got to be 100 per cent certain."

The draw left Boro, who had beaten derby rivals Sunderland four days earlier to rekindle their survival hopes, six points adrift of safety with only nine points left to play for.

Indeed should 17th-placed Hull beat the relegated Black Cats at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday, Boro would have to collect maximum points from Chelsea, Southampton and Liverpool and hope the Tigers lost all their remaining fixtures to have a chance of staying up on goal difference.

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