Slaven Bilic charged with improper conduct by FA following red card

Slaven Bilic charged with improper conduct by FA following red card

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic has been charged with improper conduct during Saturday's defeat against Everton, by the Football Association.

Following the 5-2 loss, the Croat said he wanted an explanation from Referee Mike Dean as to why Dominic Calvert-Lewin's first goal for Everton was awarded by the VAR, having initially been ruled out.

An FA statement said: "It is alleged that the West Bromwich Albion FC manager's language and/or behavior on the field of play at half-time of the Premier League fixture against Everton FC on 19 September amounts to improper conduct."

The charge could result in up to a two-match touchline ban if evidence of abusive or insulting language is found.

"The analysis guys told me it was a foul for us before their first goal," Bilic told BBC Sport on Saturday.

The 52-year-old added: "As a manager, I should be in a situation to ask the referee what's going on.

"It's not like the game was going on, it was half-time, nobody was around. I didn't swear. I asked him in a frustrated way but I didn't go over the line. But he just ignored me and gave me red.

"As a manager, you have that right if you are not crossing the line. I told him if you want to kill us, kill us. That's all."

West Brom lost their first two games of the Premier League season, conceding eight goals in the process.

Bilic has until Thursday to respond.

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