Fulham manager Marco Silva has been charged by FA

Premier League

Fulham manager Marco Silva has been penalized with improper conduct for comments he made following his team’s FA Cup setback at Manchester United.

Silva was sent off during the game amid a 72nd-minute event that contributed in United being awarded a penalty by referee Chris Kavanagh.

The Football Association claims that Silva’s post-game remarks “constitute improper conduct” because they “implica[te] bias, call into question the match official’s integrity, and/or bring the game into disrepute.”

Silva, 45, has until Wednesday, 29 March to provide a response.

The charge comes on top of the one the Fulham manager already faces for his actions toward match officials during the 3-1 quarterfinal loss at Old Trafford.

Silva is also facing an inappropriate conduct charge for allegedly throwing a water bottle in the path of the assistant referee.

Following a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review that led to Brazil’s Willian being dismissed for intentionally handballing the ball on the line, United was given a penalty.

Kavanagh also sent Marco Silva to the stands for his actions on the touchline as the referee walked past him to view the pitchside monitor.

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic got a straight red card for pushing Kavanagh and is facing a long ban.

After the game, Marco Silva said, “Our story with Chris Kavanagh this season has been tough for us.”

“Unfortunately, this season has not gone well with him. Many moments. It is difficult to understand some of the decisions.”

“We had that West Ham game away from home [in October]. We crashed out with two clear handball goals and it was Chris Kavanagh in that moment. Everyone today witnessed the events taking place in this game. It is difficult for them to not glance for these things.”

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