Watford striker Troy Deeney has been charged by the Football Association after his rant about referee David Coote.
Deeney was highly critical of Coote’s performance in Watford’s 3-3 draw at Bournemouth earlier this month.
He claimed in a BBC post-match interview the official had refused to make several key decisions, including not sending off Bournemouth’s Dan Gosling.
“(Watford’s) Abdoulaye Doucoure probably did get lucky (not to be sent off), but you can’t tell me that their boy (Dan Gosling) did not try to do Tom Cleverley,” Deeney said.
“They know it. We know. But the referee bottled it on a few occasions today.”
A statement on the FA’s Twitter account read: “Troy Deeney has been charged following post-match media comments he made about the appointed match referee for Watford’s game against Bournemouth on 2 January 2019.”
The FA added that Deeney has until 1800 GMT on January 15 to respond to the charge.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed suggestions from Watford striker Troy Deeney that his players can be bullied and show little stomach for a physical battle.
Deeney made the remarks after Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road last weekend, when his introduction as a substitute unsettled the Arsenal defence and turned the game in Watford’s favour.
But Wenger, speaking ahead of the Gunners’ visit to Everton on Sunday, effectively pointed to his players’ medals as proof of their quality and character.
“The only response we have to give is on the pitch and not listen too much to what people say,” he said.
“If you look at these players and what they have achieved in their careers, I think that speaks much more than any sentence at a post-match press conference.
“When you’re questioned, in our job there is only one response and that is on the pitch.”
The Frenchman was just as dismissive of reports that Germany midfield player Mezut Ozil wants to join Manchester United in January.
“We have to deal with all kinds of speculation when the players are at the end of their contracts,” he said.
“On the other hand, to be professional is to give 100 per cent as long as you are somewhere. For the rest, we came out many times and said that’s the situation.
“The media can come out tomorrow and say that he extends his contract here. It will be exactly the same, it will not change anything. When you play the next game, commit 100 per cent.”
Neither issue, he insisted, would affect his plans for the visit to Goodison Park, when Arsenal can pile extra pressure on under-fire Everton manager Ronald Koeman.
“I believe that at the moment I just focus on what is the best possible team for the next game and have no pre-conceived ideas if the guy will be 100 per cent committed or not,” Wenger said.
Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey are expected to return to the Arsenal starting eleven, and Laurent Koscielny is fit to play after cramp forced him off towards the end of the Watford match.
Koeman, meanwhile, has complete faith that the players he signed in the transfer window will get his side’s season back on track.
The Dutchman made a sizeable outlay to bring in Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez but Everton find themselves languishing in 16th place in the Premier League.
“I still believe in the players, and I still believe in the signings that we made in the summer,” Koeman said.
“Maybe some people can have doubts about some of them at the moment but the future will tell everybody that the signings we made were really good ones.
“We need to take the situation for what it is now and prepare our team for Sunday.
“Of course, we have discussions internally about the tough start, the fixtures, Europa League football but the position in the table is not where we need to stay and that is what we need to change.”
Koeman will decide whether to recall Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines and Rooney against the Gunners after he rested the trio for Everton’s 2-1 defeat to Lyon in the Europa League on Thursday.
James McCarthy is available again having recovered from the knee and hamstring problems which have prevented him from making a first-team appearance this season, while fellow midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has shaken off a knock picked up against Lyon.
Arsenal suffered a shock loss 2-1 loss to Watford at the Emirates in the English Premier League on Tuesday night.
It was Watford’s first Premier League away win at Arsenal as two goals in the first 13 minutes set up the 2-1 victory.
Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul opened the scoring with a powerful drive aided by a deflection off Aaron Ramsey, who limped off with an injury.
Watford’s second came three minutes later as Troy Deeney slotted in after Petr Cech parried Etienne Capoue’s shot into his path.
But Alex Iwobi slotted in from Alexis Sanchez’s chipped cross on 54 minutes and Lucas Perez crashed an effort against the crossbar as Arsenal piled the pressure on in the second half, but Watford held on.
Chelsea and Liverpool played a 1-1 draw at Anfield as the visitors missed the chance of an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
Georginio Wijnaldum’s header earned Liverpool the equalizer after David Luiz’s 25th minute free-kick had put them ahead.
Chelsea could have taken all three points but Diego Costa’s penalty was saved by Mignolet.
In other matches, Crystal Palace beat Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium while relegation threatened Sunderland played a goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur to ensure all top teams dropped points on the night.
Elsewhere Sam Voke’s 87th minute goal was all Burnley needed to beat Leicester City 1-0 at Turf Moor while Middleborough and West Brom played a 1-1 draw in a keenly contested encounter at the Riverside Stadium.
Swansea City defeated Southampton 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.
Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney will miss Manchester United’s trip to Watford on Saturday through injury and illness respectively.
Michael Carrick had earlier sustained an ankle injury while on duty with England and Marouane Fellaini, who has been deployed as a forward, has still not recovered from a knock sustained in the UEFA Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow.
The Manchester United manager’s plans for the trip to Vicarage Road had been disrupted by sustained by
Manager Louis van Gaal has hinted that James Wilson, who has made one league appearance this season, as a late substitute in the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal, is in line to play some part against Watford.
“He can play but he cannot play a whole match because he doesn’t have the rhythm of the game,” he told MUTV.
Jesse Lingard and Memphis Depay are also in the frame to go up front.
Lingard scored his first Premier League goal against West Bromwich Albion last time out, while Depay has watched United’s last three league matches from the bench.
A victory against Watford would help United move into the top spot at least until Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester City, play later on Saturday.
Watford have no new injury worries and captain Troy Deeney says Man Utd’s visit to Vicarage Road will be a great occasion for the promoted side.
“Now it’s a different manager, a different style of football, but it’s still Man United,” Deeney told Premier League TV. “It’s still one of the biggest clubs of the world coming to little, old Watford.
“So it’s going to be a great occasion for the fans, and for someone like myself. Not too long ago I was paid £10 a week to play, so if I’m now playing against Man United I’m just going to enjoy it.”