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Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane is tackled by Manchester City's English defender John Stones during the Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, on March 19, 2017. — AFP pic Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane is tackled by Manchester City's English defender John Stones during the Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, on March 19, 2017. — AFP pic LONDON, March 21 ― Manchester City were charged with misconduct by the FA yesterday for the way their players reacted to a 50th minute penalty that saw Liverpool take the lead in Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw at the Etihad stadium.

Referee Michael Oliver was surrounded by City players after he awarded Liverpool a spot kick following a Gael Clichy foul on Roberto Firmino.

Former City player James Milner scored from the spot after Clichy, who had raised his boot on Firmino, and David Silva were booked. Some City players continued to remonstrate afterwards.

The hosts equalised 18 minutes later through Sergio Aguero.

“It is alleged that in or around the 50th minute of the fixture, the club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion,” the governing body said in a statement.

City, who have until 1800 local time on Thursday to respond to the charge, are third in table, a point ahead of Liverpool, who have played a game more, but 12 adrift of leaders Chelsea. ― Reuters

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