Manchester City and Wigan charged by FA for failing to control players

Manchester City and Wigan have been charged by the FA for failing to control their players following Fabian Delph’s red card in Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at the DW Stadium.

Delph was shown a straight red card by referee Anthony Taylor for a challenge on Wigan midfielder Max Power shortly before half-time during the 1-0 win for the Latics.

Players from both sides surrounded Taylor in the immediate aftermath of the tackle, while Pep Guardiola and Paul Cook also clashed on the touchline and later on in the tunnel during the half-time interval.

The FA has confirmed that both clubs have been charged with failing to control their players and have until 6pm on Friday 23 February 2018 to respond.

Both Wigan and Manchester City have also been asked to provide their observations following crowd trouble which marred the end of the match.

City striker Sergio Aguero clashed with supporters during a pitch invasion after the final whistle, while objects including an advertising board were thrown at police and stewards from the stands – all of which is being investigated by Greater Manchester Police, Wigan Athletic and the FA.

The FA confirmed that Aguero will not face any formal disciplinary action although they have reminded the striker of his responsibilities.

Sky Sports News understands that Manchester City are considering legal action after Aguero claimed one fan verbally abused him and spat in his ear.

City met with the Argentine striker on Tuesday morning to discuss his recollections of events at the DW Stadium, while Wigan also pledged to investigate the matter.

Wigan chief executive Jonathan Jackson said: “Player and safety is of paramount importance and we will conduct a full investigation.”