SAFC fans hit out over decision to charge David Moyes over comments to reporter

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Fans have hit out at the “out of touch” Football Association after it confirmed it had charged Sunderland boss David Moyes following his comments to a BBC reporter.

The action was confirmed just hours before his side faced Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium in the Tees-Wear derby last night.

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Should Moyes either admit or be found guilty of the alleged offence by an independent regulatory commission, the Echo understands a fine would be the most likely punishment.

The Scot could also be asked to attend an education course.

The 54-year-old manager issued 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 where he said she “might get a slap”.

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

Among those to comment on our story was Seahameddy who said: “Moyes apologised to the report and she accepted the apology.

“That should be the end of it.”

Anthony Mitchell said: “Did anyone ask Vicki Sparks if she was insulted or did she accept it as a joke?

“Did the FA ask her? “She could be totally embarrassed by this ‘over the top’ FA.”

Mick the Mackem said: “It’s so sad these days that the FA is so completely out of touch and alienated from ordinary people that it cannot recognise a joke when it hears one. 
“I am not a Moyes supporter but in this case the FA is simply making a mountain out of a molehill.

“Political correctness at its very worst.”

The FA alleges the remarks were improper and/or threatening and/or brought the game into disrepute, contrary to FA Rule E3(1).