Manchester City charged after player protests against Liverpool

The FA has charged Manchester City with misconduct after the club's players complained vociferously to referee Michael Oliver.

Manchester City players protest against the penalty.   -  Getty Images

Manchester City has been charged by the Football Association for failing to control its players against Liverpool.

The misconduct charge relates to City's complaints after Liverpool was awarded a penalty 50 minutes into Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw between the two sides.

The host's players — including Yaya Toure and David Silva — fumed at referee Michael Oliver after Gael Clichy was adjudged to have fouled Roberto Firmino with a high boot in the box.

James Milner subsequently scored from the spot, before Sergio Aguero's equaliser earned a point for City at Eithad Stadium.

"It is alleged that in or around the 50th minute of the fixture, the club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion," read the FA's statement.

Pep Guardiola's men have until 18:00 GMT on Thursday to respond.

Manchester United pleaded guilty to the same charge last week in an incident relating to its FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Chelsea and was fined the standard £20,000 penalty.

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