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Carlo Ancelotti: Everton manager charged with misconduct by the FA

Carlo Ancelotti went on to the pitch to complain to referee Chris Kavanagh after the final whistle at Goodison Park

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has been charged with misconduct by the FA after being sent off following the draw with Manchester United.

The Italian approached referee Chris Kavanagh at the final whistle after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s late goal was ruled out for offside.

If Ancelotti accepts the charge, it is understood he would receive a fine and avoid a touchline ban for the trip to his former team Chelsea on Sunday.

He has until Thursday to respond.

The 60-year-old said after the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park that he was not disrespectful to Kavanagh, whose initial decision to award the stoppage-time goal was reversed by the video assistant referee because Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson was lying offside in front of United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Ancelotti said he also had a subsequent, private conversation in which he spoke to the referee “calmly”.

Although the Toffees boss was the first manager in the Premier League to be shown a red card, the rule was only introduced this season by the International Football Association Board to improve the visibility of such actions. It was already possible for managers to be dismissed.

The FA also ran a trial period last season.

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