FA charge Sunderland manager David Moyes after ‘slap’ comment

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Sunderland manager, David Moyes has been charged by FA over his ‘slap’ comments to a female journalist.

Moyes came under fire after telling a female reporter that “she might get a slap.”

After a draw with Burnley, BBC reporter, Vicki Sparks asked the manager if the presence of Sunderland’s owner Ellis Short put extra pressure on him.

Moyes initially said “no”, but after the interview added that, “it was getting a wee bit naughty at the end there so just watch yourself.”

“You still might get a slap even though you’re a woman.”

“Careful the next time you come in.”

Moyes apologised for his comments and the BBC also confirmed that both he and Sparks had spoken about the comments and the issue had been resolved.

A statement released by the FA said, “David Moyes has been charged in relation to comments made after the game against Burnley on 18 March 2017.”

“It is alleged the Sunderland manager’s remarks were improper and/or threatening and/or brought the game into disrepute, contrary to FA Rule E3(1).”

Moyes now has until 6pm on 3 May to reply to the charge against him.

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