QPR and Sunderland fined for misconduct

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Both Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland have been fined by the Football Association for misconduct after both sides failed to control their players in a sensible manner in games with Manchester City and Everton, respectively.

Subsequent to a bizarre situation involving Joe Hart taking two touches in a free kick, Charlie Austin was gifted with the opportunity to score a goal from the free kick in which he gave away for scoring a goal in an offside position.

The QPR charge relates to a bizarre incident during a draw the champions at Loftus Road, which saw Charlie Austin hit the back of the net after Joe Hart had passed the ball straight to him from a free-kick.

Disallowed goal

But some eagle-eyed vision from the assistant referee saw that Hart had actually touched the ball twice. Law 13 states that if a free-kick taken by a defending team inside its own penalty "is not kicked directly out of the penalty area, the kick is retaken", which meant the goal was disallowed.

In the heat of the moment, a crowd of Hoops players swarmed Mike Dean to question his decision in which he explained the laws of the game.

However, the FA have come to the conclusion that Rangers players failed to act in an orderly fashion and have consequently fined the west London club £20,000.

Penalty controversy

But QPR aren't the only club having to hand over £20,000 to the FA as Sunderland have being punished for a similar situation.

Lee Mason, who was in charge of the Everton and Sunderland match at the Stadium of Light on November 9, endured one of the harder refereeing performances of his career so far.

A penalty awarded to the Toffees with 15 minutes to go sparked the Black Cats players to surround Mason after Connor Wickham's challenge on Seamus Coleman in the area.

Harry Redknapp
Queens Park Rangers
Premier League

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