Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl charged by FA after Mike Dean comments

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has been charged by the FA following comments made by the Austrian towards Mike Dean after his side lost 3-1 away to Chelsea.

The comments came after James Ward-Prowse was sent off while the score was currently 1-1 at Stamford Bridge, due to instruction from Dean who was the VAR official on the day.

Ward-Prowse was initially shown a yellow card by referee Martin Atkinson for his challenge on Jorginho, but was told by Dean to use the pitch-side monitor and review his original decision, which culminated in a sending off for the Southampton captain.

The Saints went on to lose the game 3-1, and Hasenhuttl didn't hold back with his comments, which has led to an FA charge.

Following the final whistle, Hasenhuttl claimed that he knew that Ward-Prowse would be shown a straight red because it was Dean that was overseeing VAR, due to his history with the referee.

The Saints boss told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I knew when Mike Dean was on the VAR that the referee would go and have a look at it."

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Hasenhuttl then told local radio station BBC Radio Solent: "I always have a bit of a problem when we know Mike Dean is on VAR because we don't have a good history with him, to be honest."

The Austrian has been charged with two breaches of Rule E3, and an FA statement read: "It is alleged that comments made by the manager during two post-match interviews constitute improper conduct in that they questioned the integrity of the VAR match official and/or implied bias and/or bring the game into disrepute."

Hasenhuttl has until Tuesday to respond to the charges, but his full attention will be on this Saturday as his side prepare to face Leeds at home without their captain.

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