The Football Association has filed a complaint against Manchester United for failing to keep their players under control during the scoreless draw with Newcastle last weekend.
After ruling out what Cristiano Ronaldo believed to be the game’s first goal, referee Craigh Pawson was besieged by a group of incensed United players.
The Red Devils have violated FA Rule E20.1, and the team has until Thursday to address the accusation.
At Old Trafford, Ronaldo thought he had scored his first Premier League goal of the year early in the second half.
Nick Pope received the ball from Fabian Schar after the goalkeeper appeared to be intended to take a free kick deep within Newcastle’s half.
The England international dallied while selecting where to play the ball, which allowed Ronaldo to seize the initiative.
Ronaldo, who accepted an FA misconduct charge last week, felt he had scored when he stole the ball away from Nick Pope as the goalie for Newcastle lined up to take a free kick and found the back of the net.
Ronaldo believed the ball was in play since Fabian Schar had already taken the free kick and sent it to Pope. Pawson concurred with Newcastle that Pope hadn’t yet taken it, though.
As his teammates surrounded the referee, Ronaldo led the appeals to Pawson. Erik ten Hag, the manager of United, could not contain his rage following the event and confronted the referees following the game to express his displeasure.
Ten Hag afterward claimed that he had nothing further to add, but that everyone had already seen it. He was furious that he had told them (the officials). Everyone has witnessed what took place on the field today.
Eddie Howe, the manager of Newcastle, expressed a different viewpoint, claiming that it was obvious to him at the time and to others. Not taking the free kick was Fabi (Schar). Nick was doing it with his approval.
If that had been the intention, it would have been extremely difficult to accept. I think it’s obvious that the ball wasn’t in play.