FA charge George Boyd with spitting

George Boyd. Picture: PA
George Boyd. Picture: PA
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SCOTLAND and Hull City forward George Boyd has been hit with a Football Association misconduct charge for allegedly spitting at Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Boyd has until 6pm this evening to respond to the charge, which relates to an incident not seen by referee Lee Mason during the Tigers’ 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat by City at the KC Stadium on Saturday.

An FA statement said: “Hull City’s George Boyd has been charged by the FA following his side’s game against Manchester City on 15 March, 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 19 March, 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.”