FA charges Stoke City boss Gary Rowett with improper conduct

Stoke City boss Gary Rowett has been charged by the FA for improper conduct after being sent to the stands during his side’s 1-0 defeat to Birmingham City on Saturday.

Rowett watched as two penalty appeals went begging in the match that saw him face former club Birmingham City.

Sent to the stands by referee Roger East in the 87th minute of the match, an FA statement confirmed the 44-year-old would be charged.

“It is alleged that his language and/or behaviour in the 87th minute of the fixture was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper,” the statement said.

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Stoke’s reintroduction to Championship football continues to wane under inconsistent results, with Che Adams’ strike for the Blues ending the Potters three-match unbeaten streak.

But Rowett stressed he had reason to feel frustrated as the loss left the team 17th in the Championship table.

“I felt there were two handballs in the box in all fairness,” Rowett said in his post-match press conference.

“The first one hits his hand but it is down by his side. The second one the player puts both hands out to the side.

“OK, he doesn’t move them to the ball, but when you are two yards away you are purposely putting your hands out to block the ball.

“It hits his hands, it’s a blatant penalty, no matter how many times you watch it and we don’t get the break.”

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