Sunderland manager David Moyes charged over ‘slap’ comment by FA

Sylvester Tamang
The BBC confirmed that Moyes and Sparks had spoken about the exchange and the issue had been resolved.

Sunderland manager David Moyes was on Wednesday charged by the Football Association after telling BBC reporter Vicki Sparks she might “get a slap”.

Moyes was caught on camera making the remarks after his team’s draw against Burnley in the Premier League in March.

The 54-year-old has expressed “deep regret” for his response.

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It came after an interview in which he was asked by Sparks if the presence of Sunderland’s owner Ellis Short put extra pressure on him.

He said “no” but, after the interview, added that Sparks “might get a slap even though you’re a woman” and that she should be “careful” next time she visited.

An FA statement said it is alleged his remarks were “improper and/or threatening and/or brought the game into disrepute”, contrary to Rule E3(1).

Former Manchester United manager Moyes, who had apologised for his comments, has until May 3 to reply to the charge.