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Moyes charged over officials rant

ESPN staff
January 10, 2014
David Moyes was aggrieved with Andre Marriner's decision to award Sunderland a penalty © Getty Images

Manchester United manager David Moyes has been charged by the Football Association for comments he made after his side's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sunderland in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday.

Moyes hit out at referee Andre Marriner following his decision to award a free kick against Jonny Evans which led to Ryan Giggs' own goal, while the Scot was also aggrieved at the awarding of a Sunderland penalty, which Fabio Borini then converted.

"I feel we are having to play the opposition and the officials," Moyes had said after the game. "They gave a free kick on the first goal that I couldn't believe. Maybe I have got to understand that's what happens at Manchester United - they are certainly not giving us much at this moment in time.

"For the penalty the linesman gives it, but he can't see through Patrice Evra. The referee is looking right at it and is in a very good position - not too close, not too far away, but he turns around. The linesman gives it."

The FA announced on Wednesday that it would be looking into Moyes' comments, before confirming via a statement on their official website on Friday that he has been charged.

The statement read: "It is alleged [Moyes'] comments called into question the integrity of the match officials appointed to that fixture and/or appointed to Manchester United fixtures generally, and/or implied that such match officials are motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute, in contravention of Rule E3(1).

"Moyes has until 6pm on January 15, 2014 to respond to the charge."

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