Referee Simon Hooper is surrounded by Erling Haaland (C), Mateo Kovacic (L) and Ruben Dias of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, December 3, 2023. /CFP

Referee Simon Hooper is surrounded by Erling Haaland (C), Mateo Kovacic (L) and Ruben Dias of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, December 3, 2023. /CFP

Manchester City have been fined 120,000 pounds ($151,740) by the English Football Association (FA) after their players surrounded a match official during their dramatic 3-3 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League earlier this month.

Several City players surrounded referee Simon Hooper late in the game on December 3 after he stopped play when Jack Grealish was through on goal for a foul on Erling Haaland in the build-up, having previously waved play-on.

“Manchester City FC admitted that they failed to ensure their players did not behave in an improper way during the 94th minute. An independent Regulatory Commission imposed this sanction following a hearing,” the FA said on Monday.

City drew a third successive league match when Tottenham Hotspur’s Dejan Kulusevski headed a 90th-minute equalizer after Grealish’s 81st-minute goal looked to have secured the win.

Source(s): Reuters

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