9 Apr 2009

Martin O'Neill charged by FA

6:08 am on 9 April 2009

The Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after his side's 3-2 English Premiership defeat by Manchester United.

The charge concerns his behaviour towards referee Mike Riley after Monday's loss at Old Trafford.

O'Neill claimed Riley missed a foul on Ashley Young before Federico Macheda's stoppage-time winner and was aggrieved at several earlier decisions.

The result was Villa's fourth consecutive defeat in a faltering bid for Champions League qualification and O'Neill believes the officials' time-keeping contributed to their failure to take at least a point.

O'Neill has until 27 April to respond to the charge.