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Moyes admits to FA conduct charge

David Moyes
Wiley sent Moyes to the stands at the Britannia Stadium

Everton boss David Moyes has admitted to a Football Association charge of improper conduct during his side's win over Stoke City on 14 September.

The charge related to Moyes' reaction to a decision by referee Alan Wiley not to award his side a penalty.

Moyes was sent to the stands for protesting furiously and could be punished with a touchline ban.

The Scot has requested a personal hearing but the FA has yet to set a date for the charge to be heard.

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The incident saw Wiley penalise Stoke defender Leon Cort for handling the ball but, after consultation with his assistant, he awarded Everton a free-kick outside of the area instead of a penalty.

Television replays backed Moyes' view that Cort had handled inside the box.

Moyes watched the last 15 minutes of the game among Stoke fans but insisted afterwards that he had not sworn at the officials.

The Everton boss was charged by the FA on 17 September and revealed that Wiley had spoken to him about the incident.

"The referee has since contacted me - that conversation will remain private - and that is it," Moyes explained.

"We have a Respect campaign that is really important but you can't just put a big label on it. You earn respect and I have to say the referee has earned a great deal more respect from me by what he has said from me."




see also
Everton contest Cahill dismissal
29 Sep 08 |  Everton
Moyes reveals contract concerns
29 Sep 08 |  Everton
Moyes concerned by Everton form
27 Sep 08 |  Everton
Stoke 2-3 Everton
14 Sep 08 |  Premier League


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