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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet charged by the FA

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has been charged with improper conduct by the FA following his touchline altercation with Steve Bruce and dismissal against Hull.

Poyet was sent to the stands following the incident. Credit: PA

A statement on the FA website read:

It is alleged that his (Poyet's) behaviour in the 35th minute of the fixture amounted to improper conduct. He has until 6pm on 9 March 2015 to respond to the charge.

Meanwhile, Hull manager Steve Bruce has been contacted by The FA in relation to the same incident and formally reminded of his responsibilities.

– FA statement


Johnson out on bail after underage sex claim arrest

Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson has been released on bail after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

Johnson has been released on bail and suspended by his club. Credit: PA

The England international was questioned by police on Monday following the allegation involving a girl who is believed to be 15 years old.

He has been suspended by the club, pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Durham Constabulary said a 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16 years had been released on bail "pending ongoing investigations".

A statement from Sunderland said:

Sunderland AFC has confirmed that Adam Johnson has been suspended from the club, pending the outcome of a police investigation. No further comment will be made at the present time.

– Sunderland football club statement

Sunderland manager doesn't like video replays

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet fears video technology would make football "boring" despite seeing defender Wes Brown cleared of a red card offence.

Gus Poyet believes video replays would make football boring. Credit: PA

A review of footage of the incident which saw the 35-year-old sent off for a challenge on striker Radamel Falcao at Manchester United on Saturday prompted an independent regulatory commission to overturn match referee Roger East's decision on Monday afternoon, leaving Brown free to face Hull on Tuesday evening.

Team-mate John O'Shea, whose intervention looked to have felled the United frontman, also escaped punishment.

However, Poyet is not in favour of the introduction of replays in games, which might have spared his team from having to play the final 25 minutes at Old Trafford with only 10 men.

Football is so nice because there are issues and there are ways of dealing with these situations, and we can comment and we can talk about it.

If football becomes mathematics, like everything is going to be perfection, I think it's going to be a bit more boring, that's my opinion.

– Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

Sunderland v West Brom starting line-ups


Bradford vs Sunderland line-ups

The starting teams are out for the FA Cup fifth round clash between Bradford City and Sunderland, which kicks off at 2.30pm.

Bradford famously giant-killed Chelsea in the last round and will be confident of upsetting another Premier League side.

Jack Rodwell returns to Sunderland squad

Jack Rodwell will return to the Sunderland squad ahead of Sunday's FA Cup fifth round trip to Bradford.

Rodwell is back in contention for Sunderland. Credit: PA

The midfielder had been sidelined for the last four games owing to suspension and a groin injury, but will be available for the game at the Coral Windows Stadium.

Elsewhere, Gus Poyet has a doubt over full-back Anthony Reveillere, who limped out of Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat by QPR with a tight hamstring, while Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) and Lee Cattermole (knee) remain unavailable.

Sunderland squad: Pantilimon, Mannone, Reveillere, Jones, Van Aanholt, O'Shea, Brown, Vergini, Coates, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Gomez, Larsson, Johnson, Buckley, Alvarez, Agnew, Smith, Fletcher, Defoe, Wickham, Graham.

Sunderland boss faces tough decisions at Swansea

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet faces a series of late decisions as he attempts to put together a team for Saturday's Premier League trip to Swansea.

Wickham missed Tuesday's FA Cup win at Fulham. Credit: PA

Striker Connor Wickham, who missed Tuesday night's 3-1 FA Cup fourth round replay victory at Fulham with a calf injury sustained in the warm-up, is likely to sit out once again along with midfielder Lee Cattermole as he continues his recovery from a knee problem.

Adam Johnson (thumb surgery) and Jack Rodwell (groin) are rated at only 50-50, while fellow midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini suffered bruising during the game at Craven Cottage and is also a doubt, along with full-back Billy Jones and midfielder Will Buckley, who both have unspecified knocks.

Sunderland squad: Pantilimon, Mannone, Reveillere, Jones, Van Aanholt, O'Shea, Brown, Vergini, Coates, Bridcutt, Gomez, Larsson, Johnson, Rodwell, Buckley, Alvarez, Giaccherini, Agnew, Fletcher, Defoe, Graham.

Sunderland flop departs after two games in 18 months

Sunderland have confirmed that midfield flop Cabral has left the club after managing just one Premier League appearance – against Fulham in August 2013 – since joining the club more 18 months ago.

The only other game Cabral featured in was a League Cup victory over MK Dons, also in August 2013.

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