Middlesbrough charged by FA over Sane protests

Middlesbrough players reacted furiously to referee Kevin Friend's decision to award Manchester City a penalty. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough have been charged with failing to control their players following an eventful 2-2 Premier League draw with Manchester City.

The charge relates to an incident in the 66th minute of Sunday's game at the Riverside Stadium after referee Kevin Friend awarded a penalty to the visitors while the home side were leading 1-0.

Middlesbrough players were convinced that Leroy Sane had engineered contact with Marten de Roon in the penalty area, but the decision stood and Sergio Aguero converted the spot kick.

Middlesbrough have been charged for misconduct following the game against Manchester City on Sunday.

It is alleged that in or around the 66th minute of the fixture, the club failed to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. The club have until 6pm on May 5 2017 to respond to the charge.

– FA statement