Football - Hughes charged by FA

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following his touchline dismissal at Newcastle on Thursday.

Hughes was sent to the stands in his side's 5-1 Barclays Premier League loss at St James' Park.

A FA statement read: "Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has been charged by The FA following his side's game at Newcastle United yesterday.

"It is alleged that his behaviour in or around the 40th minute of the fixture amounted to improper conduct.

"Hughes has until January 2, 2014 to respond to the charge."