Sam Allardyce contests charge over referee complaint

It is alleged Allardyce questioned the integrity of the match referee and/or match officials in general, and/or implied that the match referee and/or match officials in general were motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute in contravention of Rule E3(1).

updated: January 24, 2013 13:50 IST
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London: West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has denied a misconduct charge over his comments following West Ham's FA Cup loss to Manchester United, the Football Association revealed on Wednesday.

Allardyce had until Wednesday afternoon to respond to the charge and the FA confirmed that he has asked for a personal hearing.

Allardyce criticised referee Phil Dowd for awarding Manchester United a penalty for handball in their 1-0 third-round replay win at Old Trafford on January 16 and denying West Ham a penalty for a similar offence.

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