McClaren charged after referee row

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The Newcastle manager Graeme Souness was yesterday granted a personal hearing over a charge of improper conduct during his side's recent game against Fulham, while Middlesbrough's Steve McClaren found out he faces the same charge after an incident at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

The Newcastle manager Graeme Souness was yesterday granted a personal hearing over a charge of improper conduct during his side's recent game against Fulham, while Middlesbrough's Steve McClaren found out he faces the same charge after an incident at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

The Boro manager has been charged after confronting referee Phil Dowd on the pitch at half-time in the game against Spurs over French defender Franck Queudrue's dismissal.

McClaren, who has until 15 December to respond, is likely to face a fine if found guilty - which would complete a hat-trick of punishments relating to the same game.

Queudrue was given a straight red card for a two-footed tackle on Spurs' Noe Pamarot, much to the annoyance of McClaren, who believed his player had been harshly dealt with. However, the FA's disciplinary panel did not agree and rejected the Frenchman's appeal on Tuesday.

The three-match ban means Queudrue will sit out the games against Manchester City, Southampton and Aston Villa.

In addition, George Boateng picked up his fifth booking of the season in the same game and will also miss the encounter with Kevin Keegan's side.

That has left McClaren, who also has Gaizka Mendieta, Ugo Ehiogu, Malcolm Christie and Stuart Parnaby on the injured list, with major selection problems in the short-term.

However, Parnaby is at least nearing full fitness after breaking his leg in October. The 22-year-old full-back was injured in training after breaking intothe first-team because of Michael Reiziger's shoulder injury.

He said: "I had an x-ray on Monday and it showed that the break has fixed, so now it's just a case of the muscle around the bone getting stronger."

Graeme Souness's hearing over his charge for improper conduct will take place on Friday, December 10 .

The Scot was sent from the dug-out by the referee Howard Webb during his side's 4-1 home defeat by Fulham in November after contesting a series of decisions. The former Blackburn manager has admitted the offence, but requested a personal hearing to put his side of the story.

The Newcastle midfielder Nicky Butt was yesterday seeing a specialist over the hamstring problems that have plagued him since his move to St James' Park.

The 29-year-old England international, who joined Newcastle for £2.5m from Manchester United during the summer, has been hampered for much of his time on Tyneside by the problem.

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