Stoke manager Hughes charged with improper conduct

The 50-year-old was dismissed from the touchline during his side's 5-1 defeat against Newcastle United on Boxing Day for his reaction to Glenn Whelan's red card
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following his touchline dismissal at Newcastle United on Boxing Day.

Hughes was sent to the stands during the first half of Stoke's 5-1 defeat at St James’ Park for his reaction to Glenn Whelan’s red card after the midfielder challenged Yohan Cabaye.

An FA statement read: "It is alleged that his behaviour in or around the 40th minute of the fixture amounted to improper conduct. Hughes has until 2 January 2014 to respond to the charge."

Whelan and Marc Wilson will both serve one-match bans for their red cards against Newcastle and will miss Sunday’s fixture against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Hughes will likely face a financial penalty, rather than a touchline ban, if he accepts the charge or is found guilty by the FA.