Gus Poyet’s FA hearing expected next week

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet.

GUS POYET’S disciplinary case is expected to take place next week after the Sunderland boss asked for a personal hearing from the FA.

Poyet denied an FA charge on Monday after coming to the attention of the authorities for being sent to the stands in Sunderland’s 1-1 draw at Hull City.

No firm date has yet been scheduled for Poyet’s hearing but it is likely to take place in the run-up to Sunderland’s trip to West Ham, on Saturday, March 21.

Poyet was charged in the wake of the KC Stadium clash for kicking a bucket of water bottles in frustration at referee Mike Dean’s decision to book Jack Rodwell for simulation, which led to the Sunderland head coach being sent to the stands.

However, Poyet escaped punishment for an ugly confrontation with opposite number Steve Bruce as he made his way down the tunnel, which subsequently saw the Hull manager given a warning about his conduct.

Poyet was only expected to be given a fine and a slap on the wrist for his dismissal, yet has opted to argue his corner.

Sunderland have already received an automatic £25,000 fine for receiving six bookings in the game, with the Black Cats boasting the worst disciplinary record in the Premier League this season.

While Sunderland have received a modest three red cards, their tally of 85 bookings is by some distance, the highest in the top flight.

Lee Cattermole, who received his 10th yellow card of campaign at Hull, will miss the next two games through suspension.

And fellow midfielder Seb Larsson is only one booking away from a similar fate, with another four games to go before the amnesty point for the totting-up of cautions.

With Cattermole joining Emanuele Giaccherini, Adam Johnson and Will Buckley in missing tomorrow’s crunch clash against Aston Villa, Poyet’s options are already thin.

However, Billy Jones is back in the fold after returning to full training following an ankle injury, while Under-21s winger Duncan Watmore could also be on the bench tomorrow.