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Moyes charged by FA over comments

David Moyes is under pressure at Manchester United.
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David Moyes has been charged by the FA over his post-match comments at Sunderland in midweek.

The Manchester United boss criticized the performance of referee Andre Marriner and his assistants in the wake of a 2-1 defeat in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final.

Sunderland's first goal came from a set-piece and their winner from the penalty spot, and Moyes felt neither should have been awarded.

In the aftermath of the game he claimed United have started "laughing" at officials and said "we're having to play them as well as the opposition at the moment."

That outburst has caught the attention of the FA, who allege Moyes "called into question the integrity of the match officials, and/or implied that such match officials are motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute".

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Moyes' Wearside complaints came six days after he blasted as "scandalous" Howard Webb's failure to award United a penalty late in their 2-1 defeat to Tottenham.

The Scot was also critical of Webb's decision to book Adnan Januzaj for diving - the third time the teenager has been yellow-carded for the offense this season.

Moyes has until 6pm on January 15 to respond to the FA charge and faces a fine if he is found guilty.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was fined £8,000 and warned about his future conduct earlier this week after admitting a breach of the same FA rule.

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