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Chelsea boss Sarri facing FA misconduct charge

Maurizio Sarri has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following his touchline dismissal in the 2-2 draw against Burnley Credit: PA

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following his touchline dismissal in the 2-2 draw against Burnley on Easter Monday.

Sarri was sent to the stands in stoppage time during a fractious encounter at Stamford Bridge, although assistant Gianfranco Zola felt the decision was harsh as his fellow Italian "was just trying to tell our players to get in position".

The FA has said in a statement: "Maurizio Sarri has been charged with misconduct in relation to his behaviour in the 94th minute of Monday's (22/04/2019) Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Burnley.

"The Chelsea manager has until 18:00 on Friday (26/04/2019) to provide a response."

In a separate incident, referee Kevin Friend is understood to have received a complaint over claims of racial abuse directed by members of Burnley's backroom staff towards Sarri.

The alleged abuse aimed at Sarri was included in Friend's report in a tense fixture where David Luiz squared up to Ashley Westwood during a tunnel melee at full-time.

Newcastle's Almiron to miss the rest of the season

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Newcastle schemer Miguel Almiron is facing a race against time to be fit for this summer's Copa America after being ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.

The 25-year-old Paraguay international left the pitch in tears during the second half of Saturday evening's 3-1 Premier League victory over Southampton, suggesting the extent of the damage was significant, and the Magpies confirmed he will not figure in the final three games of the campaign on Wednesday morning.

A statement issued on the club's official website, www.nufc.co.uk, said: "Miguel Almiron will miss the rest of the season after suffering a hamstring injury in Saturday's 3-1 win over Southampton.

"The 25-year-old was withdrawn in the 64th minute against the Saints and, having been assessed by the club's medical staff, it has been confirmed that he will not be fit for the Magpies' final three matches of the campaign.

"The club have already been in communication with - and will continue to liaise with - the Paraguayan Football Association ahead of this summer's Copa America, which the player could still feature in depending on his recovery."

Player of the year award meaningless without title - City's Sterling

Raheem Sterling says being nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award will mean nothing if Manchester City do not win the Premier League title. Credit: PA

Raheem Sterling says being nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award will mean nothing if Manchester City do not win the Premier League title.

The England international is one of the favourites for the honour, with his main rival Liverpool's Virgil Van Dijk.

City and Liverpool are in a two-way fight for the title and Sterling, who revealed he voted for Harry Kane, his England team-mate not making the six-man shortlist, is interested solely in helping his team.

"It's nice to be recognised on that front, but, to be honest, if we don't win the Premier League, I don't really want to be in contention," he said.

"What I want to do is win the Premier League, win the FA Cup, then think about stuff like that, even though the awards are before that.

"Without that, it doesn't mean much to me really. I voted for Harry Kane. My vote for him is because he scores so many goals every year, he does so much for the team, gives so much for his team.

"I thought being around him in the national team, how he puts in his work, his work ethic, how he looks after himself. He's always there, especially coming back from injury, as a professional I looked at him and that's my reason for voting for him, seeing him on a day-to-day with the national team."

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