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FA charge Marco Silva for improper conduct

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The Football Association (FA) have charge Everton manager Marco Silva for his actions during Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Newcastle United.

The Portuguese coach was left fuming by referee Lee Mason’s decision to allow Ayoze Perez’s late winner for Newcastle stand, despite the uncertainty as to whether or not he was offside.

It was a bitter late blow for Everton, who were denied a penalty for Gylfi Sigurdsson and blew a two-goal lead after strikes from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.

After the match, Silva went to confront Mason and his assistants on the field in front of all the supporters and television cameras at St James’ Park.

And now the FA have taken action against the former Watford manager for his actions earlier today.

“Marco Silva has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 following the Premier League game against Newcastle United on Saturday],” read a FA statement via Sky Sports.

“It is alleged the Everton manager’s behaviour on the field of play at the end of the fixture amounts to improper conduct. He has until 18:00 [GMT] on Thursday [14 March 2019] to respond to the charge.”

Speaking to reporters following the incident on Saturday, Silva claimed that five Newcastle players were offside during the build-up to Perez’s match-winner.

“When they scored the third goal it was a big mistake by the assistant, nothing more to say,” said Silva.

“It was a clear offside. If you see the image it’s not just one player or two players in offside positions, there were five Newcastle players in the same line in offside positions. It was a clear offside, five players in offside positions.”

The FA handed Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino a two-match touchline ban for a similar incident during Spurs’ 2-1 Premier League defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor on February 23.

The Argentine was forced to watch from the stands on Saturday as Spurs went crashing to a shock 2-1 defeat at Southampton.

CARDIFF, WALES – FEBRUARY 26: Marco Silva, Manager of Everton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Everton FC at Cardiff City Stadium on February 26, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)