Football: Stoke manager Hughes charged after touchline dismissal

Stoke manager Mark Hughes was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association on Friday following his touchline dismissal at Newcastle.

Hughes was sent to the stands by referee Martin Atkinson during Stoke's 5-1 thrashing at St James' Park in a Premier League fixture on Boxing Day.

Hughes' charge relates to his conduct on the touchline and not his post-match criticism of Atkinson.

The Welshman was ordered from the dug-out by the referee after he reacted furiously to the dismissal of midfielder Glenn Whelan, and he was still making his way to his new vantage point when defender Marc Wilson followed three minutes later.

Whelan picked up two yellow cards, the first for kicking the ball away and clashing with Yohan Cabaye after being penalised for a foul on Moussa Sissoko, and the second for a foul on Cabaye.

Wilson followed for hauling down Loic Remy inside the box and although goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen saved the resulting spot-kick, Newcastle went on to win easily.

A FA statement read: "Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has been charged by The FA following his side's game at Newcastle United yesterday.

"It is alleged that his behaviour in or around the 40th minute of the fixture amounted to improper conduct.

"Hughes has until January 2, 2014 to respond to the charge."

If he accepts the charge or is found guilty, former Manchester City boss Hughes faces a financial penalty in a standard case and no touchline ban.