Villa's Smith charged by FA after red card in Man City loss

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester City v Aston Villa - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - January 20, 2021 Aston Villa manager Dean Smith is shown a red card by referee Jonathan Moss Pool via REUTERS/Shaun Botterill

(Reuters) - Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has been charged for allegedly using abusive language towards the referee in Wednesday's 2-0 Premier League defeat by Manchester City, which earned him a red card, English soccer's governing body (FA) said on Thursday.

Smith was angry with the match officials after Bernardo Silva scored the opening goal when his team mate Rodri came back into play from an offside position before taking the ball off Tyrone Mings to set up the goal.

Referee Jon Moss showed Smith a red card on the touchline when he continued his protests and the Villa manager said after the game that the decision to allow the goal to stand was "farcical".

"It is alleged that the manager used abusive and/or insulting language towards a match official during the 81st minute," the FA said in a statement.

The FA said Smith has until Jan. 26 to respond to the charge.

Earlier this month Wolverhampton Wanderers coach Nuno Espirito Santo was fined 25,000 pounds ($34,255) and warned about his future conduct after saying referee Lee Mason did "not have the quality to whistle a game in the Premier League".

($1 = 0.7298 pounds)

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)

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