Sunderland boss David Moyes requests personal hearing over FA 'slap' charge

Sunderland boss David Moyes has requested a personal hearing with the Football Association after being charged over his comments to a BBC reporter.

Thursday, 11th May 2017, 12:54 pm
Updated Friday, 12th May 2017, 1:28 pm
Sunderland boss David Moyes

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.

The FA 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).

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Initially the Sunderland boss had to respond by last Wednesday, a deadline that was extended to this week.

It is not yet known when the personal hearing will take place ahead of a busy end to the season for Sunderland.

The already relegated Black Cats face Swansea City at the Stadium of Light on Saturday before trips to Arsenal and Chelsea in the final week of the Premier League campaign.

Should Moyes be found guilty of the alleged offence by an independent regulatory commission, 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 and Sunderland and Moyes were asked to send their observations.

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.