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David Moyes fined for referee comments

Manchester United manager David Moyes has been fined 8,000 pounds by the Football Association after accepting a misconduct charge for his comments about referees.

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Moyes was also warned about his future conduct after he was deemed guilty of questioning the integrity of officials.

The Scot was charged after United’s 2-1 Capital One Cup semifinal first leg defeat to Sunderland when he said his side were “beginning to laugh at" referees for their "terrible" decisions.

Moyes, who was unhappy about referee Andre Marriner’s decision to award Sunderland a penalty for a challenge by Tom Cleverley on Adam Johnson said: “We're having to play them [referees] as well as the opposition at the moment.”

The FA said in a statement: "Manchester United manager David Moyes has been fined 8,000 pounds and warned as to his future conduct following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

"Moyes had admitted an FA misconduct charge in that his post-match comments following his side's game at Sunderland on Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014, constituted improper conduct [and] that they called into question the integrity of the match officials appointed to that fixture and/or appointed to Manchester United fixtures generally, and/or implied that such match officials are motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute, in contravention of FA Rule E3(1)."

Moyes chose not to contest the charge and was given the same fine as other managers, including Jose Mourinho, Brendan Rodgers and Mark Hughes, have already paid this season.

The United manager had also been critical of officials after the New Year’s Day defeat to Tottenham when he said Howard Webb’s refusal to award a penalty when Hugo Lloris challenged Ashley Young was “scandalous” and “one of the worst decisions I ever saw.”


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