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Boyd charged by FA for spitting at Joe Hart

Boyd has until Weds 6pm to respond to the charge. Credit: PA

Hull striker George Boyd has been hit with a Football Association misconduct charge for spitting at Manchester City keeper Joe Hart.

Boyd has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond to the charge, which relates to an incident which was not seen by referee Lee Mason during the Tigers' 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat by City at the KC Stadium on Saturday.

Read: Hart in the clear over Boyd incident

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Pellegrini backs England hart start

Manuel Pellegrini believes England boss Roy Hodgson is right to back Joe Hart - but won't confirm when he might return for Manchester City.

England goalkeeper Hart lost his place in the City side after a series of errors, sitting out recent Premier League and Champions League games.

That raised further questions over his position in the national side but Hodgson - although revealing he intends to look at other keepers this month - has made clear Hart remains his number one.

Hart has not played since his last-minute mix-up with Matija Nastasic condemned City to defeat at Chelsea a fortnight ago but will start one of the upcoming friendlies against Pellegrini's native Chile or Germany.

Pellegrini said: "I am happy, absolutely - he deserves to be in the squad."

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