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Hull's Boyd charged for Hart spit

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By Andrew Tuft

Tuesday 18 March 2014

Hull City midfielder George Boyd has been charged with spitting at Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart during the game between the sides, Sky Sports has reported.

George Boyd and Joe Hart are separated by their teammates

Man City won the game 2-0 despite having Vincent Kompany sent off in the first half and the second half was marred by an altercation between Boyd and Hart after Hart reacted to what he perceived to be a dive by Boyd in an attempt to win a penalty.

The players squared up to each other and Boyd appeared to spit in Hart’s direction, while Hart was booked for his part in the incident. As Hart was punished on the pitch by the referee the Football Association can take no further action against the England international.

Boyd was booked by referee Lee Mason for diving but not the set-to with Hart, which was unseen by the official. Boyd has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond to the charge.

“Under a new pilot project in Premier League matches this season, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite referees will be asked by the FA to review it and advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time,” an FA statement read.

“For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this instance, the panel were of the unanimous decision that it was an act of misconduct.”

Goals from David Silva and Edin Dzeko delivered the victory for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. The game was goalless when Kompany was dismissed in the 10th minute after the captain was adjudged to have fouled Nikica Jelavic when the striker was through on goal.

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