Football: Stoke's Hughes charged with misconduct by FA

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes waits ahead of the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur on Sept 10, 2016.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes waits ahead of the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur on Sept 10, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association (FA) after being sent off during Saturday's 4-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.

Hughes was given his marching orders from the technical area in the first half for his vocal protests against the referee's decision, after Marko Arnautovic was booked for diving.

"It is alleged that his behaviour in or around the 34th minute of the fixture amounted to improper conduct," the FA said in a statement on their website (www.thefa.com).

Hughes has until 1800 BST on Friday (1am on Saturday, Singapore time) to respond to the charge, the FA added.

Stoke, who are bottom of the league table, visit Crystal Palace on Sunday where they will look to end their winless start to the season.