Carlo Ancelotti has been hit with a misconduct charge by the FA, on the back of his behaviour following the full-time whistle in Everton’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
Spoils shared at Goodison
Everton welcomed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United to Goodison Park yesterday afternoon, for a Premier League clash.
The Toffees headed into proceedings in search of a bounce-back result, having seen a fine recent spell of form brought to an end by Arsenal last time out.
Manchester United, on the other hand, had continued to impress of late, with the Red Devils’ 5-0 drubbing of Club Brugge last week having stretched the club’s unbeaten streak to 7 across all competitions.
When all was said and done on Merseyside, though, the two sides couldn’t be separated.
Everton took the lead in the matchup with just 3 minutes gone, as David de Gea dawdled for far too long on the ball, before the Spaniard’s attempted clearance was blocked down into the visitors’ net by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
United, though, worked their way into proceedings as the clash wore on, before deservedly drawing level courtesy of Bruno Fernandes’ long-range drive with half an hour on the clock.
And this was how things remained until the final-whistle, as a testy affair eventually saw both sides forced to settle for a point.
Highlights: Everton 1-1 Man United
One major talking point, though, remained after proceedings came to a close at Goodison Park.
This surrounded what looked set to be an injury-time Everton winner.
After David de Gea did brilliantly to keep Gylfi Sigurdsson’s effort out, the ball fell to Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
And the in-form Englishman’s subsequent left-footed drive came off the inside of Harry Maguire’s leg, before wrong-footing de Gea and finding its way into the bottom corner of the United net.
However, upon replays being broadcast, Sigurdsson’s positioning saw the validity of the goal come under scrutiny.
And, on the back of a VAR review, it was decided that the Icelandic international was interfering with play whilst in an offside position, a call which saw Everton’s go-ahead strike ruled out.
Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, was left fuming with the decision, with the Italian’s frustrations having boiled over following the full-time whistle.
The Toffees boss was involved in a heated on-pitch altercation with referee Chris Kavanagh, a coming together which eventually resulted in Ancelotti being shown a red card.
And, as outlined above, the Italian’s actions have since landed him in hot water.
As confirmed by numerous reliable sources this evening, Ancelotti has been charged with misconduct by the FA, who, as per Paul Joyce, ‘allege the Italian’s language and/or behaviour on the field of play after Everton v Man Utd amounted to improper conduct.’
This could, in turn, result in Ancelotti being hit with a touchline ban.