Hughes not contesting charge

Hughes not contesting charge

Stoke boss Mark Hughes will not contest an FA charge of improper conduct after being sent to the stands last weekend.

The Welshman was ordered off the touchline 34 minutes into the 4-0 defeat at home to Tottenham on Saturday after appearing to direct verbal abuse towards fourth official Jon Moss.

Hughes was left upset by a decision to book winger Marko Arnautovic for diving and he admitted after the game to “reacting in a forceful manner”.

However, Stoke believe there are inconsistencies from match officials towards Premier League managers leaving their technical area.

The FA confirmed the charge on Tuesday and although Hughes disagrees with the decision, Stoke have confirmed he will not contest it.

The club added in their statement: "Stoke City does however have concerns in relation to a number of elements surrounding both the decision to dismiss Mark from the technical area and the events that followed that led to the subsequent charge being brought.

"Based on other Premier League matches played on that weekend, the club is concerned in particular that there has been a potentially inconsistent approach in the enforcement by match officials in instances of managers leaving their technical areas, together with an incorrect application of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited's own guidance note on the use of electronic equipment in the technical area in respect of a manager communicating with technical area staff from the directors' seating area after Mark was dismissed from the technical area.

"The club will be raising these issues with the Football Association and the Professional Game Match Officials Limited separately."