Manchester City charged with failing to control players…See full details

Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero (C) celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on March 19, 2017. PHOTO: PAUL ELLIS / AFP

Manchester City face a charge of failing to control their players by the Football Association for their surrounding the referee Michael Oliver when he awarded a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

Oliver, the same referee who was surrounded by Manchester United players in the fractious FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea last week and resulted in the club being fined £20,000 (23,000 euros, $24,700), awarded a penalty to Liverpool when he judged Gael Clichy to have fouled Roberto Firmino in the 50th minute.

“It is alleged that in or around the 50th minute of the fixture, the club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion,” said an FA statement.

City have until 1800GMT on Thursday to respond to the charge.

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