In your face Haaland helps Man City to FA charge for not controlling players after Spurs draw

December 5 – Manchester City have been charged by the Football Association with failing to control their players after Sunday’s 3-3 draw with Tottenham Hotspur that left the defending champions in third place in the table.

In the final moments of the game, referee Simon Hooper made a huge blunder by awarding City a freekick instead of allowing play to continue just as midfielder Jack Grealish was through on goal with a chance to win the game.

Hooper initially indicated City had the advantage and waved play on, but halted the match once the pass was played. He was confronted by angry players after the final whistle at the Etihad Stadium, with striker Erling Haaland seen shouting in his face.

The Norwegian star stormed off the pitch at the end of the game and posted a message to his six million X followers with a clip of the incident and the caption: “Wtf”.

The club has until Thursday to respond to the charge.

In February, City were fined £75,000 by an independent panel for failing to control their players during a Premier League victory over Arsenal that same month.

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