City charged by FA for "improper" conduct against Spurs
By Ric Turner, Tue 05 December 2023 14:59
Players reacted angrily to ref Simon Hooper's inexplicable decision not to play late advantage
City have been charged by the FA for the "improper" conduct of their players during the 3-3 draw with Spurs on Sunday.
The Blues were denied a possible goalscoring opportunity when referee Simon Hooper inexplicably blew his whistle, despite having previously played advantage as City chased a late winner.
A number of players remonstrated with the ref, and rling Haaland later criticised the decision on social media
The FA's statement read: “Manchester City have been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20.1 after their players surrounded the match official during the Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 3 December 2023.
“It’s alleged that, during the 94th minute of the fixture, the club failed to ensure their players do not behave in a way which is improper.”
Manager Pep Guardiola praised his players in today's pre-match press conference:
"We have behaved incredibly in these years, especially this season, how we behaved in our not-good results.
"The decisions sometimes are in favour, sometimes against [us], but we behaved even after the game.
"The comments from my players [were] about accepting we can do better - and me first. It's what I want to see of my club and my team.
"After that, we will accept all the decisions of the Premier League or whatever."