The Straits Times
Published on Jan 24, 2013

West Ham's Allardyce contests charge over referee complaint


LONDON (AFP) - West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has denied a misconduct charge over his comments following West Ham's FA Cup loss to Manchester United, the Football Association revealed on Wednesday.

Allardyce had until Wednesday afternoon to respond to the charge and the FA confirmed that he has asked for a personal hearing.

Allardyce criticised referee Phil Dowd for awarding Manchester United a penalty for handball in their 1-0 third-round replay win at Old Trafford on Jan 16 and denying West Ham a penalty for a similar offence.

"West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has denied an FA charge of misconduct in relation to media comments," read an FA statement.