GUS Poyet’s FA charge has NOTHING to do with his clash with Hull City boss Steve Bruce.
Poyet was today charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after his touchline tantrum at the KC Stadium on Tuesday night.
Poyet was sent to the stands by referee Mike Dean during the first half of Sunderland’s 1-1 draw after kicking a water-bottle carrier in frustration at Jack Rodwell being booked for diving.
Poyet then walked over to ex-Sunderland boss Bruce in the opposite dug-out, made some remarks and sarcastically applauded.
Bruce was infuriated and had to be restrained by the linesman in response, and the eye-catching spat made headlines the following morning.
However, the Echo understands that the clash with Bruce is not the reason for Poyet’s charge, which could see him fined or given a touchline ban.
Instead, it is the incident with the water bottles which has attracted the attention of disciplinary chiefs.
That is reflected by the fact Bruce hasn’t been charged, but instead was reminded about his responsibilities by the FA.
And Sunderland are confident that Poyet - who has until 6pm on Monday to respond to the charge - will just be fined, rather than receive a ban.
“Kicking a bucket of water bottles is nothing serious,” said Poyet after the game. “But I understand it didn’t look good when 20 bottles are coming out.”
An FA statement read: “Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has been charged by the FA following the game against Hull City on 3 March 2015.
“It is alleged that his behaviour in the 35th minute of the fixture amounted to improper conduct.
“He has until 6pm on 9 March 2015 to respond to the charge.”