The Everton manager David Moyes and his assistant Steve Round have admitted to improper conduct charges, the Football Association has confirmed. Moyes and Round were charged for their behaviour towards the referee Martin Atkinson at the full-time whistle in the Everton's thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester United on Saturday.
Everton had trailed 3-1 heading into injury time at Goodison Park but struck back through Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta. But the Blues management team were left furious when Atkinson blew his final whistle with Phil Jagielka closing in on goal in the dying seconds, with Moyes walking on to the pitch to speak to the official.
Moyes has received an £8,000 fine over the incident. Round, meanwhile, has submitted a plea in mitigation against the fine, which will be heard by a Regulatory Commission hearing on Monday.
An FA statement read: "Everton manager David Moyes and assistant manager Steve Round have both admitted improper conduct charges. The charges related to Moyes's and Round's conduct towards referee Martin Atkinson on the pitch following the final whistle at Everton's match against Manchester United on 11 September.
"Moyes has accepted the £8,000 fine which is the standard sanction offered for this charge under the FA's new fast-track disciplinary procedures.
"Round has submitted a plea in mitigation with relation to the standard sanction. This will be heard by a Regulatory Commission on Monday 20 September."
Phil Jagielka admits the result on Saturday felt like a victory but knows that Everton need to start winning matches soon. The Merseysiders, who went into the game with just a point from their opening three Premier League games, staged a dramatic late comeback thanks to stoppage-time goals from Cahill and Arteta.
The ending might have been even sweeter with Jagielka about to shoot as referee Martin Atkinson blew for full-time. Everton, beaten at Blackburn and Aston Villa and held at home by Wolverhampton, remain rooted in the relegation zone. The stirring finale against United left Jagielka with that winning feeling – something the defender now wants to start sampling for real. "It felt like we had won the game," he said.