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Sep 17, 2008

Moyes charged with improper conduct at Stoke

Everton manager David Moyes has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after being sent off during Sunday's win at Stoke.

Moyes was sent to the stands by referee Alan Wiley after complaining about the match official's failure to award a penalty for handball.

Wiley initially pointed to the spot after Leon Cort appeared to handle the ball in the area, but changed his decision to a free-kick just outside the box after consulting with his assistant.

Replays showed the offence clearly took place inside the area and an infuriated Moyes showed his displeasure before being asked to leave the dug-out.

The FA said in a statement: ''Everton manager David Moyes has been charged with improper conduct.

''The charge relates to Moyes' touchline behaviour during Everton's match against Stoke on September 14.

''Moyes has until October 2 to respond to the charge.''

Speaking at the press conference prior to Everton's UEFA Cup clash with Standard Liege, Moyes said he had yet to make up his mind about his next move but revealed Wiley had contacted him for a chat about the incident.

The Everton boss would not discuss the contents of the conversation but said Wiley now had "a great deal more respect" from him after picking up the phone.

"Contesting it? I am not sure yet, I have not made a decision on that," he said.

"The FA have to do their job, I have to do my job, I had my opinion at the time. The referee has since contacted me - that conversation will remain private - and that is it.

"We have a Respect campaign that is really important but you can't just put a big label on it.

"You earn respect and I have to say the referee has earned a great deal more respect from me by what he has said from me."

Meanwhile, the club are believed to have offered Moyes a new contract and are waiting on a decision from the boss.

Negotiations have been dragging on for some time and both sides are now keen to bring the matter to a close, with Moyes becoming increasingly frustrated by the club's lack of activity in the transfer market.

However, the Scot has never insinuated that he is looking to leave Everton and has now revealed that an announcement regarding his immediate future is imminent.

"I hope there will be some more news on that in the next few days or so," he said in the wake of his side's 3-2 success over Stoke on Sunday.

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