Wolves manager Gary O'Neil charged by FA for what he did against West Ham

Gary O'Neil reacts at full-time after losing to West Ham.Gary O'Neil reacts at full-time after losing to West Ham.
Gary O'Neil reacts at full-time after losing to West Ham. | Getty Images
Wolves were denied a late equaliser when the two sides met at Molineux on Saturday afternoon.

Wolves manager Gary O'Neil has been charged by the FA for 'improper and/or threatening' behaviour following his side's 2-1 defeat to West Ham at Molineux on Saturday afternoon.

The footballing body has said that the charge relates to O'Neil's alleged use of language 'around the match officials' changing room'. After the defeat, the 40-year-old had described the decision to disallow his side's late equaliser as 'possibly the worst decision I have ever seen'.

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A statement read: "It's alleged that following the completion of the fixture, his language and/or behaviour in or around the match officials' changing rooms was improper and/or threatening."

The hosts had taken the lead in the first half through a Pablo Sarabia penalty but West Ham came back after the break through Lucas Paqueta and James Ward-Prowse. Wolves captain Max Kilman then headed home in the ninth minute of injury time only for the goal to be disallowed due to substitute Tawanda Chirewa being in an offside position.

Speaking after the game, O'Neil said he had gone to see referee Tony Harrington but the official had refused to speak to him. The Wolves boss explained: "I wasn't able to control my emotion well enough to get an explanation. The referee said he would rather not discuss it given how I was acting.

Gary O'Neil reacts at full-time after losing to West Ham.Gary O'Neil reacts at full-time after losing to West Ham.
Gary O'Neil reacts at full-time after losing to West Ham. | Getty Images

"If you are a Premier League official working at the highest level, I would be really disappointed if you thought that was offside. The only way that can be offside is if he stops Fabianski's ability to move or impedes his vision. Only the referee and VAR think that could possibly be offside."

O'Neil could face a potential ban and has until Monday to respond to the charge.

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