The FA is investigating Manchester City for their players’ “inappropriate” conduct during their 3-3 tie against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. The issue arose when referee Simon Hooper allowed play to continue after a foul on City’s striker Erling Haaland, causing multiple City players to approach him. However, the game was halted shortly after when Jack Grealish had a clear chance to score.
Haaland and a few other players expressed their discontent with Hooper’s ruling on various social media platforms. The FA has accused Manchester City of violating FA Rule E20.1 due to the club’s failure in ensuring their players’ appropriate behavior during the Premier League game.
Manchester City must respond to the charge by Thursday, December 7. In contrast to Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager who faced an FA misconduct charge earlier this season for his remarks, Pep Guardiola refrained from criticizing the officiating in his post-match interview.
Guardiola expressed his confusion regarding the referee’s decision to blow the whistle after instructing the players to continue playing. He found it difficult to understand this sequence of events, where the whistle came after the pass. The outcome of the match at the Etihad Stadium has created a situation where any team is capable of winning the Premier League title, as the top three teams are separated by only three points. Arsenal is currently in the lead with 33 points, closely followed by Liverpool with 31 points and Manchester City with 30 points. Aston Villa (29 pts), Tottenham (27 pts), and Newcastle (26 pts) are also strong contenders, closely pursuing the top teams in the standings.