By Graham Hill
THE FA have charged Bristol City for their angry reaction to referee Scott Duncan’s decision to award Villa a penalty last Saturday.
Robins players were furious with the decision which allowed Tammy Abraham to open the scoring from the spot.
Villa’s Conor Hourihane was adjudged to have been pulled down by City’s Jack Hunt and Duncan immediately awarded a penalty.
Lee Johnson’s side were already fuming after an effort by ex-Villa striker Andi Weimann had been ruled out for offside – goal which could have proven crucial in the race for the Play-offs.
City players surrounded Duncan after giving the penalty – a decision that many thought was wrong after seeing replays later.
But the decision stood and, as it turned out, Bristol needed an inspired display by keeper Max O’Leary to prevent a landslide.
The FA statement read: “Bristol City FC has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20 following the EFL Championship fixture against Aston Villa on Saturday [13/04/2019].
“It is alleged the club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 53rd minute. The club has until Tuesday [23/04/2019] to respond.”