SUNDERLAND have received an official charge from the FA after their game against Everton last weekend.
The charge is believed to relate to an incident surrounding Connor Wickham’s foul on Seamus Coleman which led to Everton being awarded a penalty a quarter-of-an-hour from full-time.
In a statement confirming the charge, the FA said: “It is alleged that in or around the 76th minute of the game, the club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.
“The club has until 6pm on November 17 to respond to the charge.”
Wickham’s challenge on Coleman looked a fair one to many Sunderland fans in the ground and the players clearly felt the same, angrily surrounding referee Lee Mason.
At the same time, many Everton players also approached Mason to insist that it was a clear penalty.
Everton have not been charged.
Despite the Sunderland reaction, Mason’s instinct was proven correct by replays which showed Wickham had fractionally mis-timed his challenge.
But the official still had to endure heavy abuse for the remainder of the game from supporters who clearly thought he had got it wrong.
Ironically Mason’s two major decisions in the game arguably went in Sunderland’s favour with the referee deciding against showing Jordi Gomez a second yellow during the match and also failing to red-card Wickham for the foul which led to the penalty.