Friday 15 December 2017

Sunderland boss David Moyes's miserable season continues as he is charged by FA for swearing at fourth official

Sunderland manager David Moyes
Sunderland manager David Moyes

Luke Edwards

David Moyes’s miserable start as Sunderland manager is showing no signs of easing after he was charged by the Football Association for swearing at the fourth official during his side’s EFL Cup defeat to Southampton.

Moyes was sent to the stands by referee Chris Kavanagh after he had complained about the decision not to award a penalty when striker Victor Anichebe claimed he had been fouled inside the area.

The FA have subsequently charged the former Everton and Manchester United manager with misconduct for “using abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official”.

Moyes has been given until Tuesday November 1st to respond to the charge, although he is unlikely to contest it after admitting it had been the right decision to send him to the stands.

“I was sent off for leaving my box and sent off for swearing, so it was correct,” he said after the game. “The decision to send me off was correct. It was the fourth official who chased me down the touchline.”

Moyes, though, remained adamant his side should have been awarded a penalty, adding: “I think if you see it again, you’ll see it’s a stonewaller. It was a stonewall penalty kick, no question. It was inside the box and Yoshida fouled Victor, going across him.

“It should definitely have been a penalty kick. I’m disappointed we are out of the Cup, that’s the big thing.

“We should have had a chance to take a penalty kick and if we had scored it, to go to extra-time, but it didn’t happen.”

It is the second game in succession in which the Scot has clashed with the referee after he also complained about the decision to allow West Ham’s winning goal last weekend to stand. He felt it should have been ruled out for offside.

The strain is starting to show as Sunderland have failed to win a league game under Moyes and are now out of the League Cup.

To make matters worse, the Black Cats squad were also unable to fly back to the North East on Thursday night after their plane was stranded at Southampton airport because of thick fog on the south coast.

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