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Sunderland Manager Gus Poyet Charged Over Hull City Incident

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following the match against Hull City on Tuesday.

The charge relates to kicking a water bottle as he was sent to the stands in the 35th minute of the Premier League match, which finished 1-1.

Bruce has been contacted by the FA over a touchline row with Poyet and formally reminded of his responsibilities.

Poyet has until 18:00 GMT on Monday to respond to the charge.

The incident at the KC Stadium occurred with Sunderland trailing 1-0.

Poyet was sent to the stands by referee Mike Dean for reacting badly to a yellow card for midfielder Jack Rodwell, who later equalised in the second half.

The Sunderland manager kicked over a water bottle carrier in the dugout and Bruce had to be restrained by an assistant referee and his own coaching staff as the pair squared up moments later.

Bruce described it as “grown men acting like children”, blaming the incident on the “heat of the moment”.

Poyet said: “What happens on the pitch stays there.”