Hull City striker George Boyd has been charged by the FA with spitting on Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart in their 2-0 loss to the Citizens on Saturday, Sky Sport reports.
Video footage after the game seems to point to the Hull player spitting in the direction of Hart after the ‘keeper reacted angrily to the forward’s fall in the penalty area.
Both were booked by referee Lee Mason – Boyd for diving and Hart for his part in the confrontation.
The FA have decided to not take any further action with Hart, however Boyd has been charged with spitting and has until 6 pm Wednesday to appeal to the unseen incident.
The official statement by the FA reads: “”Hull City’s George Boyd has been charged by the FA following his side’s game against Manchester City on March 15, 2014.
“The charge is in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E1 [a] in that in or around the 68th minute of the game, Boyd spat at Manchester City’s Joe Hart. The incident was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.
“Boyd has until 6pm on March 19, 2014 to respond to the charge.
“Under a new pilot project in Premier League matches this season, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite referees will be asked by the FA to review it and advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time.
“For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this instance, the panel were of the unanimous decision that it was an act of misconduct.”
Hull City face West Brom this Saturday at the KC Stadium before a midweek clash away to West Ham on Tuesday.