Sunderland boss attends personal hearing following FA charge

Sunderland boss David Moyes
Sunderland boss David Moyes
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Sunderland boss David Moyes today attended a personal hearing following the decision by the Football Association to charge him over his comments to a BBC reporter.

The 54-year-old had to issue a public apology to BBC Newcastle and Radio Five Live reporter Vicki Sparks after video footage emerged of a controversial exchange between the pair following a post-match interview after the Burnley draw where he said she "might get a slap".

Moyes was later charged by the FA, who alleged that the Sunderland manager's remarks were improper and/or threatening and/or brought the game into disrepute, contrary to FA Rule E3(1).

Moyes requested a personal hearing, which took place today in London.

Relegated Sunderland were in the capital last night for the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

They are back in London this weekend for the final Premier League game of the season, away to Champions Chelsea.

Should Moyes be found guilty of the alleged offence by an independent regulatory commission who are now considering the case, the Echo understands a fine would be the most likely punishment while he could also be asked to attend an education course.

Sunderland described his comments after the draw with Burnley as "wholly unacceptable" adding apologetic Moyes continued to have their full support in his role as manager.

The incident sparked widespread condemnation, with FA officials getting involved.

The off-camera incident followed the goalless draw with Burnley when Moyes was asked by Sparks if owner Ellis Short’s presence at the game had meant he was under more pressure.