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Toffees gaffer thinks tackling belongs in the game

Everton boss David Moyes has urged referees to respect managers and admit when they have made mistakes.

Moyes was handed an £8,000 fine after the Football Association charged him with improper conduct for his heated confrontation with referee Martin Atkinson at the final whistle of Everton’s 3-3 draw with Manchester United.

"I shouldn't have run on the pitch. One of the things the referees have asked for is respect. They all wear a logo on their sleeves, the clubs do as well. But if they want that from the managers they have to earn it,” Moyes told reporters.

“You have to get that respect by picking up the phone and apologising at the right moments and if you do that then you start to gain respect.”

The issue of tackling has been the subject of discussion recently after Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger voiced his opinion that his team have been targets of harsh tackles.

Wenger’s comments alerted Bolton manager Owen Coyle and Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce to challenge the Frenchman’s remarks, and Moyes believes that tackling is an integral part of the English game.

"Football's played in many ways and you have to do what you can. I think everybody who plays the game plays within the rules. We certainly do and I don't know of any other managers who don't play within the rules,” Moyes added.

"Tackling is a big part of the sport. We mustn't let tackling get taken out of the game. We have to recognise a bad tackle but I'd be more interested in eradicating diving than tackling, I think that's what we should be concentrating on."

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