Manchester United manager David Moyes charged with misconduct by FA

• Moyes criticised officials after 2-1 defeat at Sunderland
• 'We're having to play [officials'] as well as the opposition'

The Manchester United manager David Moyes has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following his comments made about the match officials after the 2-1 defeat at Sunderland in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final.

Moyes had berated the referee, Andre Marriner, and his officials for the "terrible" decisions that led to Ryan Giggs's own-goal and a penalty winner by Fabio Borini. He said of the officials: "We're having to play them as well as the opposition at the moment. It's really terrible, it really is. We're actually beginning to laugh at them, that's the thing."

Giggs's own-goal came after Marriner blew for a free-kick when Jonny Evans challenged Steven Fletcher and Sebastian Larsson's ball into the area led to Sunderland taking the lead on half-time.

"I thought the referee was going to blow in our direction for the first goal," Moyes said. "I couldn't believe he gave a free-kick. It was a terrible decision. We defended a terrible free-kick but how the referee has given a free-kick for that is way beyond me. I just cannot see how that is a free-kick. The centre-half and the centre-forward jumped together and he gave them a free-kick." © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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