Silva charged with improper conduct after confronting referee

By Matt Dorman 12 March 2019 860
Silva charged with improper conduct after confronting referee

Marco Silva has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association (FA) after confronting the match officials following Everton's 3-2 loss at Newcastle United on Saturday.

Toffees boss Silva approached referee Lee Mason and his assistants on the pitch at St James' Park after watching the visitors throw away a two-goal lead.

The Portuguese was furious with the decision to let Ayoze Perez's late winner stand amid suspicions of offside.

Silva also claimed Gylfi Sigurdsson should have been awarded a penalty during the defeat, Everton's fourth loss in six matches.

An FA statement read: "Marco Silva has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 following the Premier League game against Newcastle United on Saturday].

"It is alleged the Everton manager's behaviour on the field of play at the end of the fixture amounts to improper conduct. He has until 18:00 [GMT] on Thursday [14 March 2019] to respond to the charge."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino received a two-match touchline ban following a similarly heated on-pitch exchange with referee Mike Dean in February.

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