Preston North End manager Darren Ferguson was charged with misconduct by the Football Association (FA) on Tuesday following Saturday’s Championship loss away to north-west rivals Burnley.
Ferguson, the son of Manchester United boss Alex, has been charged with improper conduct aggravated by insulting and/or abusive language and behaviour for his conduct towards referee Kevin Friend in the tunnel following Preston’s 4-3 loss at Turf Moor.
Under The FA’s new fast-track procedures, Ferguson has until Friday to respond to the charge.
Ferguson’s previous misconduct charge, from last season, may now be taken into account by FA officials.
He was given a two-match touchline ban, suspended until the end of the 2009-10 season, for improper conduct towards the referee when manager of Peterborough in a match against West Brom in August 2009.
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