West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has reportedly been charged by the Football Association with misconduct for comments he made following his side’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat by Manchester United.
Tom Sheen and Laura Williamson of The Daily Mail reported a statement directly from the FA on the matter:
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has been charged with misconduct in relation to media comments following this week’s FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round replay against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Allardyce alleged, according to the report, that referee Phil Dowd favored the Old Trafford hosts after the official failed to give West Ham a penalty but then awarded Man. United one on a similar play on their end of the pitch.
“The one difference between Rafael’s handball and Spence’s was that Jordan plays for West Ham away against Manchester United and Rafael plays at home at Old Trafford,” Allardyce said, according to the report.
He wasn’t done there, either. The West Ham boss continued with his allegations of foul play by adding to his comments and clarifying his case:
It's got to be that simple. Phil Dowd was in the perfect position. Rafael pushes the ball away with his left arm. No penalty. Go to the other end and the ball hits Jordan’s hand. If you give one you have to give both, simple as that.
Allardyce has until Wedsneday, Jan. 23 to respond to the charge.
He could face a suspension or get a warning from the organization pending the results of a potential response in the coming days.
Were Allardyce's comments in violation of the stated rule?
This isn’t the first time the FA has come down on a manager for his controversial remarks, either, and it won’t be the last.
The FA takes these matters seriously, and wants to rein in its managers by making examples out of offenders. After all, the boss men are the lead examples to the footballers and setting the example that high up sets the tone for the players to follow suit.
A number of players, including Chelsea’s Ashley Cole and John Mikel Obi along with Manchester City’s Gareth Berry have all been charged this season.