West Brom manager Slaven Bilic has been charged with improper conduct by the FA.
This follows his on-field remonstration with Mike Dean at half time of the Baggies’ loss to Everton this weekend, which resulted in Bilic being sent off.
BBC Sport football reporter Simon Stone has stated on Twitter that the West Brom boss has until Thursday to respond to the FA’s charge.
Slaven Bilic charged with improper conduct by FA following dismissal at Everton. @WBA manager has until Thursday to respond.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) September 22, 2020
Bilic was complaining to Dean about decisions made in the first half, following Kieran Gibbs being sent off, and VAR getting involved in Everton’s equalising goal.
The Baggies Boss then had to watch the remainder of the game from the stands of Goodison Park, as he saw his side equalise through a stunning Matheus Pereira free-kick, before Everton took advantage of the extra man and won 5-2.
West Brom were very much in the game until Dean showed a red card to Kieran Gibbs, which will have been frustrating for Bilic, as the Baggies failed to pick up any points at the second time of asking this season.
While no one will argue that Gibbs shouldn’t have received his marching orders, Bilic’s dismissal was more controversial.
He wasn’t allowed in the tunnel to speak to Dean, due to the Premier League’s coronavirus guidelines, meaning he had to speak to the referee on the pitch.
Some West Brom fans have criticised Mike Dean, while others have questioned the consistency of the FA applying their punishments, with other managers not being reprimanded for seemingly similar incidents.
Here are how some Baggies fans reacted to Bilic’s charge on social media:
Can Mike Dean be charged with Gross Self-Importance
— Ethan Henson (@EthanHenson__) September 22, 2020
Have just read that @wba were going to wait for the ref's report before weighing up an appeal? Now that Slav has been charged, I'm waiting to hear why the Sheff Utd manager wasn't redcarded after coming onto the pitch to approach the ref. 🙁 #consistency https://t.co/cZek9zpC9W
— Patrick Grinham (@Baggiepat) September 22, 2020
I think Bilic was frustrated with the situation, VAR goal followed by sending off. Both were correct but that doesn’t stop you being a bit miffed about it. Football is an emotional game. Dean could have just said calm down we can talk about it later.
— Rob Drew (@robdrew1980) September 22, 2020
— Kieran Doody (@kierandoody) September 22, 2020
— LIam (@liamhaynes7) September 22, 2020
So Bilic can be charged with improper conduct. Yet when Klopp goes on the pitch and questions the referee… nothing happens. Wheres the consistency man.
— John (@John_Turner01) September 22, 2020
Hardly a surprise, it is Mike Dean after all and we all know it's all about him
— Frank Cooper (@BigFrankAM3D) September 22, 2020
Hate the PL already ☹️
— Jason Crump (@JasonCrump6) September 22, 2020
It remains to be seen how Slaven Bilic will be punished, with the manager facing a fine or potentially a touch-line ban.
In other West Brom news, ‘We need to learn fast’ – Livermore makes West Brom admission after defeat v Everton.