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FA charges Hughes with misconduct

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The English Football Association is charging Stoke City manager Mark Hughes with improper conduct for his outburst at the fourth official over the weekend.

Hughes went off at the fourth official in the 34th minute after Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic was handed a yellow card for simulation. After the alleged verbal barrage of the fourth official, head referee Anthony Taylor decided to send Hughes up into the stands, where saw his side suffer a 4-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur after goals by Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli and Harry Kane.

The FA released a statement on its website, confirming that Hughes has been charged.

“Mark Hughes has been charged with misconduct following Stoke City’s game against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday [10 September 2016],” the statement read.

“It is alleged that his behavior in or around the 34th minute of the fixture amounted to improper conduct.

“He has until 6pm on 16 September 2016 to respond to the charge.”

Stoke has had a tough start to the Premier League season, sitting bottom of the table with just a single point in four matches. Hughes has been in charge at the club since 2013 when he took over from Tony Pulis. The Welshman has also held jobs at Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, and Queens Park Rangers.

FA charges Hughes with misconduct

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