February 18, 2022

FA Charges Man United For Rule Breach

Manchester United have been charged by the Football Association (FA) for crowding the referee during the club’s 2-0 clash against Brighton on Tuesday, 15 February.

After Brighton’s Lewis Dunk pulled back United’s Anthony Elanga and dragged him to the ground in the 53rd minute, referee Peter Bankes showed Dunk a yellow card.

This prompted several of Elanga’s team-mates to surround Bankes, crying foul about Dunk being allowed to continue playing.

The decision was then upgraded to a red card after Bankes consulted VAR footage, thus resulting in the Brighton player leaving the pitch.

Soon after the incident, FA released a statement, in which they charged the Red Devils for breaching FA Rule E.20.1, which outlines that players must refrain from acting out “threatening, abusive, indecent, insulting or provocative words or behaviour” towards a referee.

“It is alleged that Manchester United FC failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 53rd minute,” the statement reads, “and the club has until Monday [21 February] to provide a response.”

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