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Manchester United charged after players surrounded referee in Brighton win – The Athletic

By Luke Bosher
16 February 2022Updated 5:39 PM GMT
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The FA has charged Manchester United for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

The incident occurred in the 53rd minute of the match when Brighton captain Lewis Dunk was shown a red card for a last-man challenge on Anthony Elanga.

Dunk, who brought down Elanga on the edge of his box having lost possession of the ball, was initially shown a yellow card by referee Peter Bankes. That prompted United players to surround Bankes in protest at his decision, with Bruno Fernandes booked for his approach.

An FA statement read: “Manchester United FC has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20.1 following its Premier League game against Brighton & Hove Albion FC on Tuesday [15/2/22].

“It is alleged that Manchester United FC failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 53rd minute, and the club has until Monday [21/2/22] to provide a response.”

However, Bankes was also advised to use the pitch-side monitor to review his decision and subsequently showed Dunk a straight red card.

Despite United players baying for Dunk to be sent off, Brighton head coach Graham Potter was unimpressed with Bankes’ call to reverse his initial decision.

“It was a yellow card live, (Adam) Webster’s around on the cover,” Potter said after the match.

“It’s not clear and obvious that he can’t get there, so I don’t understand the intervention.

“As soon as the referee goes to the monitor, it seems it’s only going to go one way.”

Dunk was dismissed with his side already a goal down, having seen Cristiano Ronaldo end his six-match goal drought with a strike from range in the 51st minute.

Fernandes then added United’s second deep into second-half added time, scoring on the counter after Brighton pushed men forward.

(Photo: James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)
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