Football: FA charges Manchester City with failing to control players in Liverpool match

Referee Michael Oliver speaks to Manchester City's David Silva (right) and team mates after awarding Liverpool a penalty.
PHOTO: Reuters

Manchester City face a charge of failing to control their players by the Football Association for their surrounding the referee Michael Oliver when he awarded a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

Oliver, the same referee who was surrounded by Manchester United players in the fractious FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea last week and resulted in the club being fined £20,000 (S$34,500), awarded a penalty to Liverpool when he judged Gael Clichy to have fouled Roberto Firmino in the 50th minute.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (second from left) speaks with referee Michael Oliver after the match on Sunday (March 19). Photo: AFP

"It is alleged that in or around the 50th minute of the fixture, the club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion," said an FA statement.

James Milner tucked away the penalty to give the visitors the lead but Sergio Aguero levelled with just over 20 minutes remaining to ensure City salvaged a point in the gripping match at Etihad Stadium.

World's highest paid footballers

  • 1. Carlos Tevez (Shanghai Shenhua) - £615,000 (S$1.1 million) per week
  • 2. Oscar (Shanghai SIPG) - £400,000 (S$716,000) per week
  • 3=. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) - £365,000 (S$653,400)
  • 3=. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - £365,000 per week (S$653,400)
  • 5. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) - £346,000 per week (S$619,000)
  • 6. Hulk (Shanghai SIPG) - £317,000 per week (S$567,500)
  • 7. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) - £290,000 per week (S$519,100)
  • 8. Neymar (Barcelona) - £289,000 per week (S$517,000)
  • 9=. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) - £260,000 per week (S$465,400)
  • 9=. Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng) - £260,000 per week (S$465,400)

Oliver booked both Clichy and his Spanish team-mate David Silva - who was the most forthright in protesting - after awarding the penalty.

City have until Thursday to respond to the charge.

This article was first published on Mar 21, 2017.
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