Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl charged by the FA over comments he made after Chelsea’s 3-1 victory over Southampton

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Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has been charged by the FA over his comments about video assistant referee Mike Dean following his side’s 3-1 defeat to Chelsea.

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse was initially shown a yellow card for a harsh challenge on Jorginho but it was upgraded to a red card after VAR referee Mike Dean told his colleague referee Martin Atkinson to review the incident on the pitchside monitor.

Speaking after the game, Hasenhuttl told BBC 5 Live: “I knew when Mike Dean was on the VAR that the referee would go and have a look at it.”

Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, he added: “I always have a bit of a problem when we know Mike Dean is on VAR because we don’t have a good history with him, to be honest.”

An FA statement read: “It is alleged that comments made by the manager during two post-match interviews constitute improper conduct in that they questioned the integrity of the VAR match official and/or implied bias and/or bring the game into disrepute.”

Hasenhuttl, who has been charged with two breaches of Rule E3, has until Tuesday, to respond.

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