FA charge Newcastle boss Kinnear and Hull rival Brown after touchline bust-up

Joe Kinnear and Phil Brown have been charged with improper conduct by the FA following their touchline spat.

Newcastle boss Kinnear and his Hull City counterpart clashed during the FA Cup clash at St James' Park last Wednesday.

Both were sent to the stands by referee Phil Dowd and the Tigers went on to book their place in the fourth round of the Cup with a 1-0 victory.

Joe Kinnear has his say to Hull counterpart Phil Brown

Mouthful: Joe Kinnear has his say to Hull counterpart Phil Brown

The pair squared up to each other following Magpies defender Fabricio Coloccini's 22nd-minute tackle on Hull forward Daniel Cousin. They have been given until February 3 to respond to the charge.

Kinnear, commenting on the incident after the game, said: 'He (Brown) came across. He was having a rant, more than anything.

'He didn't actually say anything to me, he was having a rant at Chris (Kinnear's No 2 Chris Hughton) - and he wasn't saying too many pleasant things to him. It was as simple as that.

'I just said "enough". That's all I said. I don't know what the trouble was with the ref. I just said "cool it and call it a day". I sent Chris to sit down and as he (Brown) came across and the referee came running over.

Phil Dowd sends Kinnear to the stands

Off: Referee Phil Dowd sends Kinnear to the stands before giving Brown the same treatment

'I don't know whether my reputation precedes me, but if you look at the video, what I did do was stand my ground, I didn't do anything else.'

Newcastle lost the third-round replay 1-0, with Cousin scoring the only goal for the Tigers nine minutes from time.

Kinnear has previously fallen foul of the FA disciplinary committee since
returning to management with Newcastle in late September last year.

He had to serve two matches of a touchline ban dating back to his previous managerial appointment at Nottingham Forest when he first took on the role.

He was warned as to his future conduct by the FA after an expletive-filled rant towards the press in early October, and the following month was charged by the FA for describing match official Martin Atkinson as a 'Mickey Mouse referee'.

In December he was sent to the stands by referee Mike Riley at the end of a game away to Stoke and was subsequently charged.

He will attend a hearing over that incident and the Atkinson comments in the coming weeks.