Why Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook has been charged following eventful Middlesbrough draw

Wigan boss Paul Cook was booked during his side's 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough.Wigan boss Paul Cook was booked during his side's 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough.
Wigan boss Paul Cook was booked during his side's 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough. | 2019 Getty Images
Wigan boss Paul Cook has been charged with two breaches of FA rules for using abusive and/or insulting language during Tuesday’s draw with Middlesbrough.

Both Cook and Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate restrained themselves when talking about the officials following the Championship clash.

Referee Oliver Langford dished out 11 yellow cards, including one for Cook, yet the manager’s behaviour after the match has since come under scrutiny.

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An FA statement said: “Wigan’s Paul Cook has been charged with two breaches of FA Rule E3 following the EFL Championship fixture against Middlesbrough FC on Tuesday 11 February 2020.

“It is alleged that the manager used abusive and/or insulting words towards the match referee in the tunnel area at the end of the fixture.

“It is also alleged that the manager’s language and/or behaviour in the match officials’ dressing room amounts to improper conduct.”

Cook has until Tuesday, February 18 to respond.