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Man City charged after Tottenham advantage row
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Adam Drury
Manchester City were frustrated at being denied the chance to score a late winner
Manchester City were frustrated at being denied the chance to score a late winner

Manchester City have been charged by the Football Association for failing to ensure their players behaved in a proper manner during Sunday’s Premier League match against Tottenham. 

City’s team — and particularly Erling Haaland — reacted furiously when they were denied the chance to play advantage in the closing moments of a thrilling 3-3 draw after the Norwegian striker had been fouled. 

Haaland had shrugged off the challenge from Emerson Royal to play Jack Grealish through on goal but referee Simon Hooper pulled play back to award the hosts a free-kick. 

Haaland continued to voice his anger as he left the field after the final whistle and he later went even further by posting a remark criticising Hooper on social media. 

A statement posted on the FA Spokesperson account on Twitter read: "Manchester City have been charged with a breach of FA Rule 20.1 after their players surrounded the match official during their fixture against Tottenham Hotspur".

Midfielder Bernardo Silva felt City suffered a "very, very bad" decision but admits the team also need to do their own jobs better. 

He said: "It is a bad decision and everyone saw it. But at the end we are all humans. 

"The referee probably is the first one to know it was a very, very bad decision because he [Grealish)] was one on one with the keeper and it could have given us the three points. 

"It is a tough one to take, but in the end it is what it is, it’s football, and sometimes people make mistakes."


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