Manchester United manager David Moyes has been warned and fined £8,000 by the FA following charges of misconduct in his post match comments at Sunderland.
Manchester United lost on their trip to Sunderland at the start of this month in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final clash. At that point it was their third defeat in a row and the pressure clearly got to David Moyes as he vented his disappointment on the officials in his post-match interview. Moyes was furious about the penalty which was handed over to Sunderland in the second half and Fabio Borini’s goal from the spot proved to be the winner in the end. The former Everton boss pointed out that Manchester United players were booked for simulation in a similar incident in the previous matches and stated that they were having to play against the officials as well, along with the opponents on the pitch.
“We had a player booked for the same challenge the other day, for doing the same thing. It’s up to the referees, they’re making their minds up.
“It looks as if we’re having to play them as well as the opposition at the moment.
“It’s really terrible, it really is, we’re actually beginning to laugh at them.
“We just need to keep going, we didn’t do an awful lot wrong. We conceded a terrible first goal from the free-kick, but it was never a free-kick, it was our free-kick.
“I thought the referee was going to blow in our direction. I couldn’t believe he gave a free-kick for that Jonny Evans challenge on Fletcher in the air, it was just a terrible decision.
“We’ve got an opposition to play and sometimes we’ve got other people to play at the moment.” –The Manchester United manager said back then.
The FA looked into this comments and charged him with improper-conduct. David Moyes did accept these acquisitions and chose not to contest them. The FA has now fined the Manchester United manager £8,000 based on those charges along with a warning for the future.
“Manchester United manager David Moyes has been fined £8,000 and warned as to his future conduct following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today (Friday).
“Moyes had admitted an FA misconduct charge in that his post-match comments following his side’s game at Sunderland on Tuesday 7 January 2014 constituted improper conduct [and] that they 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 FA Rule E3(1).” –Reads a statement released by the FA.