Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has been fined the sum of £8,000 by the Football Association after accepting a misconduct charge following a recent dismissal from the technical area during a Premier League game against Tottenham.
An FA statement read, “Mark Hughes has been fined £8000 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 10 September 2016 amounted to improper conduct.”
The Potters had publicly confirmed on Friday that while the club did not agree with the charge against their manager, it would not be contested.
At the same time, the club raised concerns about the inconsistencies displayed by officials this season.
“Based on other Premier League matches played on that weekend, the club is concerned in particular that there has been a potentially inconsistent approach in the enforcement by match officials in instances of managers leaving their technical areas, together with an incorrect application of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited’s own guidance note on the use of electronic equipment in the technical area in respect of a manager communicating with technical area staff from the directors’ seating area after Mark was dismissed from the technical area,” a Stoke statement read.
“The club will be raising these issues with the Football Association and the Professional Game Match Officials Limited separately.”
Mark Hughes is currently a favourite with bookmakers to be the next Premier League to leave his post, with odds shortened after Sunday’s 4-1 humiliation at the hands of Crystal Palace.
Stoke sit bottom of the table after four straight defeats, conceding four goals on three occasions, but club chairman Peter Coates is continuing to give his backing to Hughes.
“We are obviously disappointed with the start we’ve made but Mark Hughes and the management team have our full support,” he explained to the Daily Telegraph.
“He is a very experienced manager and knows what it takes to get results in the Premier League. It’s still very early in the season and while these results obviously can’t go on forever, we’re convinced that things will change.”