English FA fines Everton manager, Silva £12,000 for attacking match officials at Newcastle

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English Football Association has fined Everton manager Marco Silva £12,000 ($16,000, 14,000 euros) for confronting match officials on the pitch following his team’s 3-2 defeat at Newcastle earlier this month.

“The Everton manager accepted an improper conduct charge from the FA, which resulted from his behaviour on the field of play at the end of the Premier League fixture against Newcastle United on March 9,” the FA said in a statement.

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Silva was furious at Newcastle’s winning goal being allowed to stand despite what he saw as “five Newcastle players in the same line in offside positions”, and confronted referee Lee Mason on the pitch before angrily questioning the linesman who had not raised his flag.

The Portuguese took it up with the officials after the match, lamenting that “the third goal it was a big mistake by the assistant, it was a clear offside…”

However, FA, English football’s governing body, charged him for entering the field, and the fine by an independent regulatory commission.

Everton are 11th in the Premier League after responding to the Newcastle defeat by beating Chelsea 2-0 at the weekend.

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