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SportFA charge Manchester City - but Haaland escapes individual sanction

FA charge Manchester City – but Haaland escapes individual sanction

Manchester City have been charged with failing to control their players during yesterday’s 3-3 draw with Tottenham – but Erling Haaland has not been hit with a separate sanction.

Norway striker Haaland led the protests from the City players, getting in the face of Simon Hooper after the referee whistled for a free-kick when Jack Grealish appeared to be through on goal in stoppage time.

Hooper had initially played advantage as Haaland got back to his feet following a foul from Emerson Royal, only to give the free-kick when Grealish received a throughball from the striker.

Having watched the incident, the FA have decided on a collective charge.

A statement read: “Manchester City have been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20.1 after their players surrounded the match official during the Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, 3 December 2023.

“It’s alleged that, during the 94th minute of the fixture, the club failed to ensure their players do not behave in a way which is improper.

“Manchester City have until Thursday 7 December 2023 to respond to the charge.”

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