Mancini charged after Moyes clash

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after his clash with Everton counterpart David Moyes on Wednesday.

The Italian took exception to Moyes picking up the ball in injury time of City's 2-0 defeat, an action Mancini interpreted as time-wasting, and the pair had to be separated by fourth official Howard Webb before Walton's intervention.

Both were sent to the dressing rooms and, having considered referee Peter Walton's report, the FA have decided to charge Mancini.

The FA have written to Moyes to remind him of his responsibilities and conduct but he will not be charged.

Mancini has until April 6 to respond to the charge. A regulatory commission will hear the charge by April 19.

"It was nothing really, and I've no problem with Roberto," said Moyes today.

"He was fine immediately afterwards, he apologised walking down the tunnel, and I have no problem at all with him, you just get along with it."

Moyes again tried to play down the incident today.

"There was nothing untoward about what happened, Roberto apologised, we both ended up walking down the tunnel together," he said ahead of tomorrow's clash with Mick McCarthy's Wolves side.

"But I think I will be staying well away from Mick's dug-out for this one - he'd better keep away from mine!

"There is quite a distance between the two dug-outs at Molineux so I feel we will both be safe this time.

"There's many times I have run to get the ball and to try to speed the game up, I've got no problem with that.

"It is a passionate game and it shows that people care about their jobs. These things happen."