West Ham boss Allardyce CHARGED by the FA after 'homer ref' comments
Tom Sheen and Laura Williamson
16:16 GMT, 18 January 2013
18:02 GMT, 18 January 2013
Sam Allardyce has been charged by the Football Association for the remarks he made in the wake of West Ham's defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Allardyce alleged that referee Phil Dowd favoured the hosts as he failed to award West Ham a penalty but then awarded one at the other end moments later for a similar incident in the FA Cup third-round replay.
A statement from the FA read: 'West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has been charged with misconduct in relation to media comments following this week’s FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round replay against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Charged: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is expected to face charges after accusing Phil Dowd of bias during Wednesday night's loss to Manchester United
'The charge is in relation to an
alleged breach of FA Rule E3 concerning media comments which 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
are motivated by bias and/or brought the game into disrepute.
'Allardyce has until Wednesday 23 January to respond to the charge.'
Speaking on Wednesday, Allardyce said: 'The one difference between Rafael’s handball and Spence’s was that Jordan plays for West Ham away against Manchester United and Rafael plays at home at Old Trafford.
'It's got to be that simple. Phil Dowd was in the perfect position. Rafael pushes the ball away with his left arm. No penalty. Go to the other end and the ball hits Jordan’s hand. If you give one you have to give both, simple as that.'
West Ham have a London derby on
Saturday against strugglers QPR. But under new manager Harry Redknapp, Rangers have found some improved results.
Accusation: Allardyce (pictured) blasted Dowd after the referee failed to award West Ham a penalty but gave one to United for a similar incident
'Harry knows full well that, should QPR survive, it will be one of the biggest achievements of his managerial career,' said Allardyce.
'In fact he will be only be only the second manager in the history of the Premier League to have guided his team to safety after being bottom of the table at Christmas.
'Bryan Robson was the only man to have accomplished that, when at West Brom.
Disruption: QPR manager Harry Redknapp (pictured) prepares his side to face West Ham in deep snow
'As an achievement, it would not be something that will be lauded in quite the way as when Spurs qualified for the Champions League under Harry but, believe me, if it happens, it will be right up there and proof he can handle things at either end of the spectrum.'
Allardyce, who has signed Marouane Chamakh, Joe Cole, Sean Maguire and Wellington Paulista so far in the transfer window also expects new signing Loic Remy to be a hit at Loftus Road.
'I expect new signing Loic Remy to be in their squad,' Allardyce added in his column with the Evening Standard.
Welcome to London: Allardyce expects new QPR new boy Loic Remy (centre) to be a hit
'From what I've seen of him, he's quick and can play anywhere across the front three.
'He was linked with us at one stage but he was too expensive – we don't have that kind of money.
'It remains a massive task for QPR and Harry – but it can be done.'