Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has been charged by the Football Association for commenting on video assistant referee Mike Dean following his side’s defeat at Chelsea.
Hasenhüttl was unhappy about James Ward-Prowse’s dismissal in the 3-1 defeat on October 2nd.
The midfielder was initially shown a yellow card by referee Martin Atkinson for a late tackle against Jorginho, but it was upgraded to red after Dean told his colleague to review the incident on the field monitor.
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An FA statement reads: “It is alleged that comments made by the manager during two post-game interviews constitute inappropriate behavior as they questioned the integrity of the VAR game official and / or implied bias and / or the game in Bring disrepute. “
Hasenhüttl, who was charged with two violations of rule E3, has until Tuesday to respond.
Ward-Prowse’s dismissal came 1-1 in the 77th minute of the game before Chelsea scored twice against 10 men to seal the win.
Elsewhere, recent reports have suggested Saints players expect Hasenhüttl to be fired In the coming weeks
Southampton are currently 17th in the Premier League – without a win in their first seven games – four draws and three losses.
The bad start to the season has increased the pressure on the Austrian coach, who has been at St. Mary’s since December 2018.
And after Football insiderThere is a “strong feeling” in the squad that Hasenhüttl will not stay with the club much longer.
The 54-year-old has earned praise for his positive play during his time in England. However, his team ended up on the wrong side of some disastrous results.
If Hasenhüttl is fired, ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe would be “eager” to succeed the Austrians, the report goes on to say.
Howe has disappeared from management since leaving the Cherries in late 19/20 after relegating them, and the 43-year-old likes to wait to get the hot spot at St. Mary’s.