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04th Dec 2023

Erling Haaland faces FA charge following Man City’s draw with Spurs

Charlie Herbert

Erling Haaland faces FA charge for slamming ref Simon Hooper after City draw with Spurs

Haaland might have landed himself in hot water

Erling Haaland could be facing disciplinary action from the FA for his criticism of referee Simon Hooper following Manchester City’s 3-3 draw with Tottenham on Sunday.

The Premier League’s top scorer was left furious at full time of the dramatic game at the Etihad when Hooper blew up for a foul on the Norwegian.

In the dying seconds of the game, Haaland was fouled but the ref played advantage. However, when the Norwegian played teammate Jack Grealish through on goal, Hooper then blew up for the foul.

This prompted fury from Haaland and his manager Pep Guardiola, with the striker storming down the tunnel at the final whistle.

Haaland later took to social media to blast Hooper for the decision, sharing a clip of the crucial moment with a caption of “WTF.”

The Daily Star reports that this is likely to see Haaland hit with a misconduct charge by the FA. The FA has not yet announced any action against the City striker.

Whilst Haaland was clearly still pretty furious for a while after the game, his manager had managed to calm down by the time he spoke to reporters.

In his post-match interview, he said: “I don’t want to criticise them [officials]. On the touchline sometimes I lose my mind.

‌”It’s hard when you review the image, the referee decides to blow the whistle after he has already said to play on. I do not understand this action. It’s a pity. Sometimes football is like life, you do not get what you deserve.

“Even the referee – if he played for City today he would be disappointed for that action, that’s for sure.”

The Spaniard was also keen not to be charged by the FA for making a “Mikel Arteta comment.”

The draw with Tottenham means City have now failed to win three successive games in the Premier League, the first time this has happened to them since 2009.

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