FA charges David Moyes over "Slap comments"

By Adebayo Samuel
Apr. 26, 2017

Sunderland manager David Moyes has been 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 agreeing it was out of order. 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)

David Moyes has until on Wednesday, 3 May to reply to the charge.

Sunderland are currently bottom of the Premier League, 12 points from safety, with six games remaining.