FA charge Sunderland AFC, Oxford United, Karl Robinson and Jamie McAllister after investigation into tunnel incident
Sunderland AFC and assistant head coach Jamie McAllister have been charged by the Football Association after the Good Friday fixture with Oxford United.
The U’s and their manager, Karl Robinson, have also been the subject of charges from the FA after incidents at half-time and full-time.
Robinson, who was sent to the stands by referee Trevor Kettle during the fixture, alleged after the game that a member of his playing staff had been head-butted at half-time during a feisty encounter at the Stadium of Light.
Tensions were also high at full-time and the FA have taken their time to assess the referee’s report and other observations before charging the clubs.
No specific details have been released at this time however the FA have confirmed they have issued a number of charges.
Both Sunderland and Oxford have been charged with breaches of FA Rule E20 – which states that they ‘failed to ensure their players and/or club officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour around the tunnel area’.
McAllister and Robinson, meanwhile, have been charged with breaches of FA Rule E3. The FA allege that the conduct of Robinson at full-time and of McAllister at half-time amounts to ‘improper and/or violent conduct.’
Both individuals have until Wednesday, April 28 to respond.
A message from the Football Clubs Editor: