Man City midfielder Barry on FA charge

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has been charged with using abusive language directed at a referee in Sunday’s Manchester derby, Sky Sports reports.

City lost to cross-town rivals Manchester United in a feisty and heated clash at the Etihad Stadium, going down 3-2 to a late Robin van Persie winner. Barry has been charged by the Football Association for comments that he directed towards a match official after the final whistle, and has until 4pm on Thursday to respond to the charge, which could carry a fine or suspension. Barry has turned out 17 times for Manchester City so far this season, with Roberto Mancini using the England international primarily in the holding midfield role.

The FA statement reads: “Manchester City’s Gareth Barry has been charged by The FA for a breach of its Rule E3 in that he used abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official following the Manchester City v Manchester United game on Sunday 9 December 2012.

The charge adds to what was already an eventful derby clash, which also saw United defender Rio Ferdinand struck by a coin thrown from the crowd. City goalkeeper Joe Hart also had to restrain a City fan who ran onto the pitch to confront Ferdinand shortly after van Persie’s winning goal.

In total, nine people were charged by Manchester police for various incidents that allegedly occurred during the game, although the culprit of the coin-throwing incident has not been identified as yet.

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