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FA fine Sunderland £20,000 for failing to control players in Everton draw

Reaction to penalty decision buys Black Cats hefty fine

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The FA have fined Sunderland £20,000 after they admitted their misconduct charge in the draw against Everton.

The Toffees were awarded a penalty in the 76th minute to enrage the Sunderland players after Connor Wickham thought he had won the ball.

Wickham did get a foot to the ball, once he had hacked down Seamus Coleman forcing referee Lee Mason to award Everton the penalty.

The incident only came nine minutes after Sebastian Larsson had put the Black Cats 1-0 up before Leighton Baines dispatched the penalty to secure the Blues a share of the points.

Despite Sunderland’s rampant appeals for the award of the penalty, the Daily Mail today reported that manager Gus Poyet said after the game; "I would give it, I need to be honest, if I was on the pitch and I was the referee, I would give it."

A statement was published on the FA’s website today, saying "Sunderland have admitted an FA misconduct charge and accepted the standard penalty of £20,000 following their game against Everton on November 9th, 2014.

The club was charged for failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion in the 76th minute of the game."

The FA also fined Queens Park Rangers the same amount, for the same charge in their match against Manchester City.