Hughes cops FA fine

The Football Association has fined Stoke City boss Mark Hughes £8000 following his misconduct charge.

Hughes was sent to the stands during the first half of Stoke's 4-0 loss to Tottenham in the Premier League last Saturday after reacting angrily to a couple of decisions from the officials that went against his side.

The Welshman subsequently admitted that his behaviour amounted to improper conduct, and has been fined after accepting the charge.

A statement from the FA read: "Mark Hughes has been fined £8,000 after he accepted the standard punishment following his FA misconduct charge.

"The Stoke City manager admitted that his behaviour in or around the 34th minute of the game against Tottenham Hotspur on September 10, 2016 amounted to improper conduct."

Meanwhile, the club has publicly backed Hughes after Stoke’s poor start to the season in which they have lost three out of four games.

“He’s our manager and he’s got our support,” Stoke chairman Peter Coates, said. “We are obviously disappointed with the start we’ve made but we’ve only played five games.

“Mark has been around the block. We’ve finished ninth three times and that tells you he’s got experience, and he knows what it takes to get results in the Premier League.”