Boro in hot water over clashes with City

Middlesbrough have found themselves a spot of bother over their players' reaction to Manchester City being awarded a penalty on Sunday.

Boro have been charged by the FA for "failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion" when the Citizens were awarded a 66th minute penalty. The game ended 2-2.

The incident saw a number of Middlesbrough players surround referee Kevin Friend after City's Leroy Sane went to ground in the box and was awarded a penalty.

Boro players clashed with Sane after the penalty was awarded, accusing the young German of diving.

Discussing the incident on Monday Night Football, former Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew said diving must be stamped out the game.

"The problem is you have players saying to their teammates 'you should have gone down, you would have won a penalty," Pardew said on Sky Sports.

"You hear them talk like that at half time. But as a manager you can never endorse that, and if the press or an ex-player are saying that I'll never endorse that because that me encouraging that situation."

Pardew went on to state his belief that the game needed to have video referees in order to stamp out diving.

Middlesbrough have until 6pm on Friday to respond to the charge.