Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association (FA) after being sent off during Saturday’s 4-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.
Hughes was given his marching orders from the technical area in the first half for his vocal protests against the referee’s decision, after Marko Arnautovic was booked for diving.
“It is alleged that his behaviour in or around the 34th minute of the fixture amounted to improper conduct,” the FA said in a statement on their website (www.thefa.com). Hughes has until 1800 BST on Friday to respond to the charge, the FA added.
The former Manchester United player had earlier accused Premier League match officials of being especially harsh on his team after being sent off during Saturday’s 4-0 thumping by Tottenham Hotspur. He said that the referees seem to be more vigilant and “more of a stickler for the rules when Stoke City are involved.”
He said that he was aware of the new rules but sometimes during the matches, “emotions get the better of you.” He also cited the Manchester Derby which happened on the same day as his sides disastrous match against Tottenham. “I watched the Manchester derby it was a very good, passionate game,” he said, “There was emotion on the sidelines. At one point I saw one of the managers step on the pitch and nothing was done about that, Clearly I went out of the technical area and they spotted that.”
Stoke, who are bottom of the league table, visit Crystal Palace on Sunday where they will look to end their winless start to the season.