Bruce charged by FA

05 January 2010 04:02

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has been charged with improper conduct over comments made about referee Andre Marriner.

Bruce spoke out after defender Michael Turner was sent off in his side's 4-3 Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester City on December 19. Turner was shown the red card after catching Garth Barry with his elbow, a decision Bruce described as a "joke".

Bruce has been given until January 20 to respond to the charge.

Bruce claimed his previous criticisms of Marriner had counted against him.

"Because I have complained about him, I get that decision," said Bruce at the time.

"I hope he can have a look at it and he can see it was a shuddering challenge between two of the most honest professionals you are going to get."

Sunderland appealed against Turner's three-match ban but their case was dismissed and the suspension increased to four games.

Source: PA