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Everton boss Moyes fumes at FA

SoccerNews in English Premier League 20 Nov 2008

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Everton manager David Moyes risked the wrath of the English Football Association on Thursday after accusing the organisation of being “a law unto themselves”.

Moyes was fined 5,000 pounds (5,900 euros) earlier this week following his outburst at referee Alan Wiley during Everton's 3-2 win at Stoke in September.

Wiley sent the Everton boss to the stands at the Britannia Stadium after he berated the official for refusing to award a penalty.

But, although the FA punishment came with a warning about future conduct, Moyes made it clear he didn't think he deserved to be fined as their disciplinary board had agreed that the referee made a poor decision.

“I pleaded guilty in my situation but the panel agreed the referee was wrong and that I shouldn't have been sent off for the decision but I still got found guilty so there you go,” he said.

“Do I think that the fine was right? I don't think it was right, no, because I wouldn't have been sent off but for the decision which the referee made in the box and the board agreed that the referee made a poor decision.

“But I still get sent off and fined for it so there is something not right. Two wrongs don't make a right and I think that's what they tried to do there.

“They are a law unto themselves aren't they?. They make their own rules, they bring their own people in on the panels and make their own decisions so it is very difficult.”

Moyes also vowed not to change his aggressive attitude on the touchline because of the FA's action, even if that prompts more action from disciplinary chiefs.

“I shouldn't have been sent off but if they think I am going to sit back and twiddle my thumbs and not be passionate for my team and my supporters then I'm sorry but that's not going to be me,” he said.

“I am going to be that. I think there is a lot of respect going on at this moment in time between the players and managers and referees and that is good but I would like to see some more of that from the FA as well.

“We are finding that their rules are very hard for people in the game to respect.”

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