Sunderland manager David Moyes charged by FA over slap remark to female reporter

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Moyes told a female reporter "you might get a slap" (Source: Getty)

David Moyes has been charged with bringing the game into disrepute by the Football Association for telling a female journalist she "might get a slap".

The FA alleges that the Sunderland manager's remarks towards BBC reporter Vicki Sparks following his sides 1-1 draw with Burnley in March were "improper and/or threatening and/or brought the game into disrepute".

Moyes, who has since apologised to Sparks, has expressed "deep regret" for his comments.

Following the draw with Burnley at the Stadium of Light on 18 March the former Everton and Manchester United boss was quizzed by Sparks over his position at the relegation-threatened club.

"You were just getting a wee bit naughty at the end there," he told her after the interview had concluded.

"So just watch yourself. You still might get a slap, even though you're a woman. Careful the next time you come in."

Moyes has until 6pm next Wednesday to reply to the charge.

"It was in the heat of the moment," the 54-year-old said after the video was published online.

"I deeply regret the comments I made. It's certainly not the person I am and I accept it was a mistake.

"I spoke to the BBC reporter who accepted my apology and hopefully we all move on."

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