Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has been charged with misconduct by the FA after being sent off for an argument with match referee, as VAR ruled out an injury time winner.
After Everton and Manchester United match in Godison Park, ended in 1-1 draw, the Italian manager approached referee Chris Kavanagh at the final whistle. VAR previously ruled out Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s late goal for offside, which was controversial in nature and subject to someone’s interpretation about the situation.
Ancelotti has been fined for £8,000 if he accepts the charge before Thursday’s deadline, but he did not receive a touchline ban. That figure would rise to £12,000 if an appeal is made and is unsuccessful.
The 60-year-old emphasized after the red card at Goodison Park that he was not disrespectful to Kavanagh, whose initial decision to award the stoppage-time goal was reversed by the VAR because Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson was lying offside in front of United goalkeeper David de Gea. Ancelotti said he also had a subsequent, private conversation in which he spoke to the referee “calmly”.
Although the Toffees boss was the first manager in the Premier League to be shown a red card, the rule was only introduced this season by the International Football Association Board to improve the visibility of such actions after a trial run last season. It was made possible for managers to be dismissed.
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