Souness Hit by FA Charge

Last updated : 31 May 2005 By Ben Wright

The fiery Scot heavily criticised referee Barry Knight, for the sending off of striker Shola Ameobi and also furious with Knight for awarding the free kick that lead to Everton’s first goal.

Knight was also in charge of the game between Newcastle and Aston Villa, which saw the infamous Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer brawl. Souness suggested that the referees dubious penalty decision played a part in the pitch bust up by causing tempers to fray.

It is not the first time that the Magpies boss has been charged by the FA over his behaviour. In November 2004 he was charged with improper conduct towards a match official and subsequently hit with a £10,000 fine and he was given a severe warning by the FA in 2003 after an explosive row between a match official whilst in charge of Blackburn Rovers.

This latest charge for the
Newcastle boss comes as another blow after his ‘annus horriblis’ at St James’ Park. He has until June 6th to appeal against the decision.